Police in support of a section of youths in Busia disrupted the demonstrations in what they called preventing protestors from destroying people’s properties.

The former Kakamega governor Mr Wycliffe Oparanya, Roots party leader Mr George Wajakoya, Busia woman representative Ms Catherine Omanyo, Funyula Member of Parliament Oundo Mudenyo, Budalangi Member of Parliament Raphael Wanjala and Matayos Member of Parliament Mr Geoffrey Odanga were unable to hold a public rally in Busia town after police dispersed them using tear gas.

The team managed to address the public at Bumala market and Matayos before proceeding to Busia but they could not stop anywhere in town.

They condemned the police officers for using excessive force while dispersing them.

Addressing the media, the team blamed the police alleging that goons were hired to disrupt peaceful demonstration.

“Police tried to stop us from accessing the town unsuccessfully. When we started addressing the public they dispersed us using tear gas canisters. Goons were hired hailing stones at us,” said Mr Oparanya

The former Kakamega governor and ODM deputy party leader said they will continue with demonstrations until the Kenya Kwanza listens to Kenyans’ predicaments.

“Life is unbearable to Kenyans. The cost of living is high. The prices of foodstuffs have increased. We will continue demonstrating until the government listens to Kenyans,” he noted

His sentiments were echoed by Busia leaders including Busia woman representative Ms Catherine Omanyo, Matayos member of Parliament Geoffrey Odanga, and Funyula Member of Parliament Dr Oundo Mudenyo among others.

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