Kisumu MCA arrested over recent demos

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2023 16:09 | By
Milimani MCA Seth Kanga
Milimani MCA Seth Kanga. PHOTO/Courtesy

Kisumu's Milimani Ward MCA Seth Kanga has been arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over alleged participation in recent anti-government protests.

Kanga alias Adui Nyang' was apprehended on Tuesday, August 1, while taking tea at Java Hotel in Kisumu.

Kanga has been one of the key organisers of the Kisumu anti-government demonstrations.

Last week, he escaped a police dragnet in Kisumu when he ran away as the officers chased him in vain.

Speaking at a funeral in Nyalenda over the weekend, he maintained that nothing will deter them from demos.

Kanga urged the people of Kisumu to remain vigilant and not to be afraid of the police's alleged crackdowns.

"I know that they have been looking for us, and we won't run away,'' he claimed.

Yesterday, the DCI acting on a tip-off, nabbed the MCA as he was having tea with friends.

Kanga has not been in good books with the police after his active involvement in the demonstrations.

Two weeks, ago, when President William Ruto visited Homabay in Nyanza, he organised a parallel rally in Kisumu.

The rally, attended by the Minority Leader in the National Assembly Opiyo Wandayi, majored on criticising the government.

All MPs and a majority of MCAs in Kisumu attended the rally, save for Kisumu East MP Shakeel Shabbir. Muhoroni MP Onyango Koyoo skipped the meeting with an apology.

MCAs allied to the state also skipped the meeting, together with Kisumu Senator Prof Tom Ojienda.

Some ODM MPs who initially were being sought by the police secured Court injunctions against their arrests, including Kisumu Central MP Joshua Oron.

Sources said the police were still looking for Kondele ward MCA Joachim Oketch alias Swagga who led the demos among others.

Kisumu County Commissioner Hussein Alisow Hussein told the leaders to avoid the demonstrations and instead pursue 'legal' channels. Hussein said that they will not allow demos that discouraged investors and disrupted social order.

"We want people to behave with civility and use the legal system to pursue justice and not demos,'' he said.

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