Students warned against participating in protests during mid-term break

Migori County Commissioner David Gitonga addresses residents in Migori town on Thursday June 27. Photos by Enock Okong'o

Parents in Migori County have been advised to guard their children against joining any destructive groups during this second term mid-term break.

Area County Commissioner David Gitonga his office has raised concerns about youths in various towns within the county being tempted to join those protesting against the anti-Finance Bill.

“Let the parents know whereabouts of their children and who they walk with for the purpose of their safety,” he said.

The Commissioner was addressing residents in Migori town after the police stopped the protesters who engaged them for better part of Thursday.

The youth barricaded the busy Migori- Isebania road with stones and lit bonfires that crippled transportation and other businesses in the town.

The police were forced to use tear gas canisters to scatter the determined crowd at Kiringi bridge resulting to six people sustaining injuries.


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Among the casualties were two youth who were reportedly shot by the police and were rushed to Migori Teaching and Referral Hospital in critical conditions for treatment.

Medical reports indicated that one of the youths was shot on the abdomen and the intestines were badly affected while the other was shot on the hand.

Four police officers received minor injuries after they were pelted stones by the youth during the melee but were treated and discharged.

Protests in Migori town on Thursday June 27

Migori County Director for Medical Services Dr Dan Ochiel confirmed that the victims were admitted in the hospital and their conditions are stable.

“Two of the victims of the protests who sustained injuries are in our facilities receiving treatment but there is no cause for fear because they are responding well to treatment,” he said.

Business people complained about incurring losses as protests disrupted activities because people feared coming out of their houses to buy their food and other items.

Raphael Ochieng, a boda boda rider complained about the loss he incurred, going home with only KSh120, down from KSh800 he makes daily.

“We call for dialogue between the government and the protesting youths for normalcy to return in the country,” he said.

By Enock Okong’o.

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