MP urges constituents to shun violent public demos
27 March 2014, 10:24
Bungoma - Residents of Kimilili Constituency in Bungoma County have been asked to seek alternative and non-violent methods of making their grievances known to the public instead of protesting in the streets.
Speaking in Kamukuywa on Wednesday, a town which witnessed violence on Monday after youths engaged police in running battles for several hours protesting the killing of one of their own, area MP Suleiman Murunga faulted public demonstrations, as a way of showing displeasure and dissent noting that it is dangerous as most times protests are bound to turn bloody.
Two protesters received light injuries after they were shot as police dispersed the irate mob in the Monday incident. The duo, a woman who was shot in the leg, and a young man who was shot in the buttock, are currently recuperating at the Kimilili Sub-District Hospital.
“There are structures and channels in place which members of the public who seek to be heard can officially use to raise complaints and not take to the streets. We have the police and we also national administrators like deputy county commissioners and county commissioners where they can report to,” said the lawmaker.
“There are also local elected leaders like members county assembly (MCAs) and even members of parliament like myself, if any of the grievances reach us as the representatives of the people we shall definitely raise the matters afflicting them with the concerned authorities,” added Murunga, who also visited the victims of the clashes at the hospital and also paid a visit to the family of the deceased man where he gave a donation of KES 10 000 for burial arrangements.
Murunga called for the speedy conclusion of an investigation on the man’s death and the prosecution of officer who is alleged to have tortured the man to death.
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