A group of protesters from the Azimio la Umoja movement in Kisumu disrupted a meeting being presided over by Communications Authority Director General Ezra Chiloba at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga sports ground on Wednesday.
ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo, who was scheduled to lead the meeting, was absent, and Chiloba took his place. The protesters caused chaos by running towards the tents and the main stage, prompting exhibitors and participants to panic. They also ransacked areas that had food, drinking bottles of water, juices, and other items.
Service providers scrambled to ensure the safety of their equipment, including tents, chairs, and music systems, as the rowdy youths shouted anti-Eliud Owalo slogans. Kisumu Central DCC Hussein Hussein, who had earlier received notice from the protesters, arrived at the venue with other security officials to ensure the safety of the participants.
The protesters, led by local leaders such as Deputy Governor Dr Mathew Owili and Kisumu Central MP Joshua Oron, had earlier marched from Kondele towards the state lodge direction carrying twigs, sufurias, and waving anti-Kenya Kwanza administration placards. The leaders vowed to continue protesting against President William Ruto’s government, announcing a final rally in the county on Friday ahead of the Monday 20th protests in Nairobi.