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Kisumu youths march in support of Waiguru

DEMO-WAIGURU-SUPPORTERSNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 24 – Hundreds of slum dwellers in Kisumu on Tuesday held street demonstrations in support of projects initiated by Devolution CS Anne Waiguru.

The group which included some of the youths working with the National Youth Service to upgrade the slums said they were fully behind Waiguru, and accused those opposed to the projects of being misused.

“We do not want politics in this, let the allegations be investigated first for Madam Waiguru to be asked to step aside,” one of the protestors said.

“The National Government should ensure if there is a misappropriation, that legal process takes its due course.”

The demonstrators in Kisumu had kind words for Waiguru and urged the youth not to be misused.

“We are grateful of Anne Waiguru…we are now working. We were tired of washing clothes,” another said.

The protests in Kisumu follow violence in Kibera where NYS projects were vandalized Monday night, before divisions emerged between two youth groups on Tuesday morning.

In Kibera, the discontented youth’s torched clinics, toilets put up by the National Youth Service (NYS) and vandalized water tanks and pipes, in what is linked to woes facing the Devolution CS.

Police had a hard time controlling the situation after the youths blocked major roads leading to the slums, while chanting anti-government slogans.

READ: Fury after Kibera youths destroy projects built for their benefit

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The ugly scenes followed Monday’s street demonstrations by a group that appeared to support the CS while castigating CORD leader Raila Odinga who has been criticising Waiguru.

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