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Anti corruption demonstration aborts after youths invade hotel, hold organizers hostage

A  planed demonstration against corruption in national and county governments  aborted in Siaya on Wednesday when  goons raided a hotel and held the organisers hostage.

The  goons who usually trail local politicians pounced on the unsuspecting organisers who had just finished briefing the media  at White Hotel along the Siaya – Kisumu  road and roughed up anybody within the compound.

Attempts by the hotel security guard to lock the gates failed after he was overpowered and pushed to a corner, as the  youths  confiscated white scarves branded “Jowi” and whistles that the protesters were to use during the demonstration.

The  demonstration organisers led by the Director of Jowi movement, Dr. Kevin Osuri  were forced to sneak out of the hotel through the back door and drove off to Kisumu, but not before accusing top county government officials of hiring goons to disrupt a licensed peaceful demonstration that was to culminate with a rally at Ahindi  Garden.

“I am aware that the goons, led by one David  Achola, were summoned at the county government headquarters and given money to organise youths to disrupt our event,” said Osuri adding that they had notified the police of the event and even paid the county government for use of  Ahindi Garden.

Osuri, who  was  flanked by University of Nairobi student leader, Jimmy  Magero  and  the  Chairman of the Alego/Usonga  students association, James Odhiambo claimed that  Siaya county government was the citadel of corruption and that was the reason that its leadership had to hire goons to disrupt the event for fear that their evil schemes would be laid in the open.

He  however, vowed to make a comeback with a bigger demonstration against the corrupt that were strangling both national  and county economy.

Earlier, while  briefing the media, Osuri lamented that no one from Siaya wants to be associated with the county as a result of weak leadership and massive corruption.

“A mention  of  the  name Siaya  would previously elicit admiration across the country. Today, however, we hide in shame  when Siaya is mentioned for all you will get in form of a response will be reminders of weak and comical leadership, wasted devolved funds and corruption. We have become the laughing stock of the country because  we have  allowed poor leadership to determine our destiny,” he said.

He  said that Jowi anti corruption movement is determined to clean up the counties and the national government, adding that it was a countrywide movement of the brave and free.

“Jowi is the proverbial sword that slays the corrupt, the thieves and liars,” said the medical doctor

Dr. Osuri  said  that Jowi  will push for sacking and prosecution of all crooks, adding that they were working closely with  the  directorate of criminal investigations, the directorate of public prosecutions and other agencies to ensure this  was achieved.

By  Philip  Onyango

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