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ODM luminaries condemn Kisumu politician’s killing

30 October 2012, 11:30 Oduor Omondi

Top Orange Democratic Movement Party leaders have condemned yesterday’s killing of Kisumu businessman cum politician Shem Onyango Kwega.

ODM Secretary General Anyang Nyong’o termed the killing as heinous and a big blow to the party and its followers.

Nyong’o described Kwega as a dedicated official who served the party diligently and with loyalty.

Area politicians, Ayiecho Olweny of Muhoroni, John Olago Aluoch of Kisumu Town West, Kisumu Town East ‘s Shakeel Shabir and ODM Kisumu county chairman Dave Okwach, also condemned the killing.

The leaders are now demanding for an overhaul of the lake side city’s security team which they have accused of laxity. They are also demanding for a speedy investigation into killing.

The MPs lamented that the region had been hit by a spell of insecurity.

They said it was the government’s prerogative to protect all Kenyans regardless of their status, saying the politician’s killing and subsequent shooting of four demonstrators by police was bound to send a bad signal and may scare off budding investors in the town.

Riots erupted in Kisumu yesterday after the killing of the ODM Kisumu Town West Chairman Shem Onyango Kwega by unknown gunmen along Nyerere Road, near Mamba Hotel.

Kwega and his wife Rose were driving to town from their home at Tom Mboya estate when they were waylaid by two gunmen who indiscriminately started firing at them.

Kwega later succumbed to the gunshots as he was undergoing treatment at the Aga Khan hospital in Kisumu.

Thousands of residents led by political leaders held demonstrations in the city streets to protest the killing.

Business and transport operations were paralyzed as the riots went on for hours with residents clashing with police.

The protests turned ugly when four people died at Kondele after police lobbed a tear gas canister into a shop they had sought refuge in. Locals allege that the police had locked the shop’s door from outside thereby hampering their efforts to rescue the four.

Kwega was gunning for the newly created Kisumu Central Parliamentary seat.

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