, KISUMU, Kenya, Nov 23 – Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang Nyong’o has moved in to stall any future destruction of property in Kisumu in the pretext of demonstrations.
Governor Nyong’o has banned any demonstrations in the city unless called by NASA saying Kisumu has been targeted by a group of young people who take advantage of demonstrations to destroy and loot property.
“Raila Odinga has made it very clear that demonstrations will only be held in Nairobi after meeting NASA governors and I was there,” he stated in an address to the press.
Nyong’o termed as criminal acts, actions by youths who barricade roads, rob locals and pelt vehicles with stones during demonstrations.
“Who are these people taking decisions without the party –ODM – directing them yet we have party leadership led by myself in this county?” he asked.
“Somebody decides they’re going to block roads, take money from women and rob our visitors. These are criminal acts!”
He urged the police to deal firmly with those who go against the law adding that demonstrations must conform to legal guidelines.
“Demonstrations must be peaceful and not violence and therefore we’ve told the police to deal with anybody putting stones on the road. Anybody molesting a dweller residing in Kisumu will be treated as a criminal,” Governor Nyong’o warned.
Investors in Kisumu have expressed concerns in the recent past over the increasingly hostile business environment occasioned by disorderly demonstrators who have had a trend of storming into private businesses during demonstrations.