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Hostile youth prevent Raila from addressing police brutality victims

Cord leader Raila Odinga and Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya on Friday ran into a hostile crowd at Shibale market in Kakamega county after rival groups of youths blocked the opposition chief from addressing victims of police brutality in the slum village.

Mr Odinga and Governor Oparanya had driven to the venue to visit families beaten and injured by officers from the General Service Unit during an operation to recover seven guns and 184 bullets stolen from the Booker Police Post by unknown people on Tuesday morning.

The youths stoned vehicles and beat up a county assembly member Crispus Odour and Rockie Omwando sparking off a scuffle.

EXCHANGE OF WORDS

Former ODM national youth leader Rashid Mohammed, who had accompanied MPs Benjamin Washiali and Emmanuel Wangwe, told Mr Odinga and governor Oparanya not to politicise the issue of the police operation.

A brawl broke out after Mr Mohammed was involved in an exchange of words with supporters of Mr Odinga.

“Where were you when police were beating our youths and raping our women. We have no time for your stories,” Mr Mohammed told Mr Odinga.

Mr Odinga landed at the Matungu cultural centre before driving to Shibale. He was on his way to address the ODM delegates meeting in Kakamega town.

The youths dismantled the public address system, making it difficult for Mr Odinga to address the crowd.

The commotion lasted for nearly 20 minutes before Mr Odinga and governor Oparanya drove away.