Kisumu Residents Protest Over Rising Cases of Insecurity

Bonfires lit along Kangundo road during protests on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.
Bonfires lit along a highway during protests

Transport services were on Saturday paralysed along the Miwani-Mamboleo Road in Kisumu County after an irate mob barricaded the stretch to protest against an insecurity surge in the region.

Residents, most of them from the Mamboleo area blocked the main road and lit a borne fire even as they demanded immediate action be taken to curb the menace.

The protests escalated after a middle-aged man was attacked and mugged by unknown people on Friday night while walking along the road.

According to reports, despite being rushed to the hospital, the victim did not survive as he succumbed to the injuries while receiving treatment at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital in Kisumu on Saturday morning.

Police Car
Police officer disembarking from a vehicle.

"We were today met by rude shock after realising that a young man had been killed here yesterday at around 8 pm and similarly a fortnight ago, another young man was shot dead just at the same place," narrated one of the protestors.

According to the residents, most of them have of late been forced to close their business establishments early over fear of being attacked.

"We call on the government to heed our cries and bring more police officers here in Mamboleo so that we can have adequate patrol done, we demand a patrol base established here," noted a resident.

Addressing journalists, Kisumu East OCPD Joseph Obara noted that the government has deployed additional officers to the area to tame the recent trend.

According to the OCPD, investigations have also been launched to bring to book the perpetrators instigating muggings and killings in the area.

"This road is a hotspot, we have been having incidents. During this festive season, we have marked it as a hotspot and we have made security arrangements to cover it," Obara noted.

"We realised our roads are very poor, so we have some motorbikes which we shall be using to monitor these thugs and robbers."

In a similar situation two months ago, residents of Khwisero, Kakamega took to the streets over insecurity lamenting loss of lives and property. 

While marching across the Ekonjero market to the sub-county headquarters, the residents accused the police of laxity. As such, they demanded the immediate transfer of the local police boss.

A man holding a machete
A man holding a machete.
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