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Kakamega: Rowdy protestors pelt stones at CS Kagwe’s motorcade

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe’s motorcade was forced to reroute after irate residents protesting in Kakamega town pelted stones at it.

According to a report by K24, the residents turned against the CS’ motorcade comprising at least eight vehicles after Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya allegedly ordered demolitions of their stalls.

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The report indicated that the stalls were demolished to pave way for CS Kagwe’s grand arrival.

“We are told Governor Oparanya brought down the structures to pave way for the arrival of CS Kagwe’s convoy. According to the county boss, he wanted Kakamega Town to look ‘presentable’ before the eyes of the minister.

“We don’t understand how our stalls stop the cabinet secretary from dispensing his duties when he tours Kakamega,” a trader said.

CS Kagwe and his team arrived in Kakamega from Kisumu airport at around 11am, but was forced to reroute to the Mumias Level 4 Hospital after the protestors stoned his motorcade.

The CS was supposed to hold a meeting with Oparanya in his office before leaving for Mumias Level 4 Hospital, and there after address journalists at the Kakamega County Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala is among leaders who slammed Oparanya over the Saturday morning demolitions.

“I am disappointed by Oparanya for being heartless. He knows very well that currently, due to the coronavirus crisis, Kenyans are facing financial hardships, yet he is at the forefront in demolishing the business stalls that his people are using to eke a living,” Malala said.

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CS Kagwe is expected to give his daily COVID-19 address from Kakamega County.

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