Police shoot woman in the eye as they disperse protesters
25 November 2014, 10:52
Busia - A woman was injured on Monday when police shot at demonstrators who had blocked Kisumu - Busia road protesting the decision to block construction of the Busia Sugar Factory.
The incident came as Busia Governor, Sospeter Ojaamong, joined over 30 MCAs for the hearing of the case at Bungoma High Court before Justice Samuel Mukunya.
A farmer, Linus Asiba had obtained a license for the peaceful demonstrations which lasted for over four hours with activities along the busy Highway linking Kenya and Uganda paralyzed.
Sources said the woman was at a hotel when she was shot on the left eye by a police officer who had engaged demonstrators in running battles.
Irate wananchi commandeered a police vehicle to take the woman to Busia County referral hospital where she was admitted as doctors battled to save her life.
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The hospital medical superintendent, Janerose Ambuchi said the woman was in stable condition, adding that an x-ray established there was no bullet lodged in the head.
Nominated MCA Mohammed Noor who visited the shooting scene got the cartridge as evidence of the bullet that was shot at the woman.
At the High Court in Bungoma, Justice Mukunya heard the application from lawyers on whether three interested parties- Busia County Government, Kenya Sugarcane Growers Association and Bukhayo Elders Association should be enjoined in the case.
The Judge fixed the ruling on inclusion of the three parties on December 9 with the main motion on the case set for December 17.
The interim order halting the construction of the Sugar factory was extended to December 10.
A resident, Joseph Ojwang moved to have the construction of the factory at Busibwabo stopped over claims that due process was not followed in the issuance of a license by National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).
Speaking outside the court, Ojaamong said Monday's peaceful demonstration was meant to send signals to the national government and desire by the residents to get their first factory.
He said the factory will create employment and many other benefits, adding that the petitioner was trying to sabotage development.
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Members of the Busia County Assembly on Friday threatened to paralyze transportation of goods through Busia and Malaba border points if the government fails to resolve wrangles surrounding the construction of the sugar factory in Busibwabo.
In a charged special assembly sitting, the seemingly angry MCAs said starting Monday, they will mobilize the locals from across the County to block all heavy commercial vehicles from entering or exiting the country through the two border points.
The MCAs said that they were willing to do anything to have the factory established in the area.
"It will be a peaceful demonstration but with massive economic repercussions. We want to send a strong statement to authorities of this country that we are tired of the sugar cartels operating in Busia and that we want them stopped immediately by allowing our sugar factory to be constructed," said Lucas Wakuloba (Matayos South Ward).
Deputy Speaker, Moses Ote said those opposed to the construction of the factory were out to economically sabotage the County with the intention of impoverishing the people.
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