Midiwo at­tacked by youths in Nyador­era

He had ear­lier ac­cused Rasanga of il­le­gally leas­ing 6,000 acres of the Yala Swamp

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - LAMECK BARAZA @lameck­baraza

Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo was on Sun­day at­tacked by youths in Nyador­era. The youths were armed with pan­gas and run­gus.

He was ac­com­pa­nied by Rarieda MP Ni­cholas Gumbo and Si­aya politi­cian Wil­liam Oduol. No­body was hurt.

The politi­cians were on their way to Sidundo in Usonga for a po­lit­i­cal rally.

Im­me­di­ately Midiwo men­tioned Gov­er­nor Cornel Rasanga and Usonga MCA Sylvester Ma­di­alo names the youths at­tacked him. A youth broke the right side win­dow of Midiwo’s car. Midiwo had ear­lier ac­cused Rasanga of il­le­gally leas­ing 6,000 acres of the Yala Swamp.

He claimed the gov­er­nor pock­eted Sh70 mil­lion af­ter leas­ing out the land to Go­davari Com­pany. But Rasanga has de­nied pock­et­ing the cash. He said he de­cided to carry out a com­pre­hen­sive sur­vey fol­low­ing ob­jec­tions against leas­ing part of the swamp by the Kenya Wildlife Ser­vice and NGOs.

Early on Sun­day, Midiwo had at­tended a fundraiser in Si­aya at St Peter’s Cathe­dral Church. Un­aware they would be am­bushed, the three made a stopover at Nyador­era to ad­dress res­i­dents.

Two body­guards at­tached to Gumbo and Midiwo shot in the air to dis­perse the crowd. Midiwo was forced to cut short his speech, end­ing the im­promptu road­side rally.

How­ever, the Sidundo rally went on as planned.

Yes­ter­day Rasanga con­demned the in­ci­dent, say­ing every­one has a right to cam­paign any­where.


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