STATEMENT ON KISUMU INCIDENT
Orange Democratic Movement has learned of the unfortunate occurrences at a supermarket in Kisumu.
While information as to the full situation involving the circumstances under which unknown people stormed Tumaini Supermarket in Kisumu remains unclear, the ODM Party, which is part of the NASA Coalition, condemns in the unreservedly the reported looting that occurred.
NASA understands such incidences are part of a broader scheme to delegitimize the ongoing demonstrations calling for electoral justice, and are being authored and sponsored by those comfortable with the current status quo where power is acquired and retained through vote stealing – Jubilee Party and its underwriters.
The deliberate and conspicuous absence of the police as this incident happened points to an unacceptable complicity and choreography for which the local police leadership must come out clean. One way of doing this is to swiftly investigate this incident and bring the culprits – which we believe are known to them – to justice.
We continue to urge our supporters not to engage in acts of violence in spite of extreme provocation; hooliganism or destruction of property. Our demonstrations must and will go on.
We also call upon the police to return to law and order enforcement, which entails the protection of property. This is more critical than their obsession with throwing tear gas and meting ruthless brutality on innocent and law abiding citizens.
Dated in Nairobi this 6th October 2017.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR , ODM.