Gov Nyong’o Apologizes to Raila After Embarrassment During Rally

Anyang’ Nyong’o and Raila Odinga

Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o, on Wednesday, apologized to AU Special Envoy Raila Odinga following an embarrassing incident that occurred when the ODM leader was giving a speech in Muhoroni, earlier in the week.

In a statement to newsrooms, the Governor described the heckling by a section of youth a disgrace terming the disruptors as enemies of development.

“It is regrettable that a small band of engineered naysayers who have deliberately decided to resist development in the county as a whole purely for political mileage decided to embarrass our guests,” Prof Nyong’o conveyed.

Photo of Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o speaking to the press in his office

The governor, who could not receive Raila as he was on a trip to Denmark, insisted that the residents of his county were looking forward to the development projects announced by the ODM leader.

“We shall not be deterred from continuing with changing Kisumu’s economy for the better to please a few visionless people,” he added.

Echoing his sentiments was Muhoroni MP Onyango K’Oyoo who was in Botswana during Raila’s visit to his constituency. K’Oyoo stated that it was wrong for the youth to embarrass the former Prime Minister.

“This is regrettable and should not have happened especially for our party leader. We condemn this in the strongest words possible,” he maintained.

Earlier on, Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo, who was present during the event, explained that the fracas was caused by five to seven men who were quickly neutralized.

The MP added that the group did not have an issue with Raila rather with the county government over land grabbing claims.

“They protested that the land, 500-acres, which would be set aside for economic use, was their ancestral land that had been reverted to the defunct Kisumu Municipal Council after they were moved due to constant flooding. They want historical compensation for the land,” he stated.

Some of the protestors who interrupted Raila Odinga’s speech in Muhoroni being evicted by security personnel on May 13, 2019.


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