Kisumu ODM condemn Tumaini Supermarket looting spree by supporters

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Raila Odinga ODM party has announced that...

play Tumaini Supermarket in Kisumu. (Courtesy)

Hours after changing the schedule of demonstrations, that saw property  worth of millions robbed by Nasa supporters in Kisumu on Friday, Raila Odinga led team has backed off from the accusations.

Raila’s ODM party on Friday evening through a statement to newsroom distanced itself from looting at Tumaini Supermarket in Kisumu during anti-IEBC protests.

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Orange Democratic Movement Executive director Mr Oduor Ong'wen condemned the incident saying it was a scheme to wash away the ongoing demonstrations calling for electoral reforms and justice.

play Migori town residents carry a mock coffin of IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba during anti-IEBC protests led by Suna West MP Peter Masara, October 2, 2017. Monday (Courtesy)

 

"The deliberate and conspicuous absence of the police as this incident happened points to an unacceptable complicity and choreography for which the local police leadership must come out clean," the statement from ODM read.

Mr Ong'wen asked police to investigate the incident, adding that it was the role of the police to protect property in such cases.

"This is more critical than their obsession with throwing tear gas and meting ruthless brutality on innocent and law-abiding citizens," he added.

On Friday during protests in Kisumu, NASA supporters broke into Tumaini Supermarket and stole items including food from the eatery during anti-IEBC protests.

Anti riot police were forced to lob teargas canisters and shoot in the air to disperse supporters opposed to the retention of the IEBC team ahead of the October 26 vote.

play Siaya protests (Courtesy)

 

Several of them broke into the supermarket, defied workers who tried to stop them and injured some of them.

Property worth an unknown amount of money was stolen and the store's windows smashed.

The protesters only left after police fired teargas at them after arriving in Land Cruisers and water cannon trucks.

The crowd left in the direction of Kondele where shops remained closed for fear of similar occurrences.

In Homa Bay, an AP shot a boda boda rider during the Opposition's anti-IEBC protests. Mr Emmanuel Konduto was struck twice on the left thigh and buttocks.

 

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