Kisumu police on high alert over planned demos


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Police in Kisumu County have warned politicians and their supporters against incitement to violence to contest the just concluded Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) nominations.

Addressing the press in his office, Kisumu County Police Commander, Titus Yoma, said officers have been instructed to deal firmly with politicians planning to stage demonstrations and cause chaos to protest the outcomes of the ODM primaries.

Mr. Yoma noted that aspirants who are unhappy with the outcome should go to court or present their grievances to the party’s tribunal so that their concerns can be handled amicably.

The police commander said those inciting locals to protest will not be spared but will be arrested and charged in court.

This comes after reports of planned demonstrations in Kondele area reached the police indicating that youth allied to some Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) from Kisumu and Ahero were planning mass protests.

The party primaries have created discontent among some members of the public, parties and aspirants with some abandoning their parties to run as independent candidates.

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