Kisumu: Staff flee as traders storm City Hall

Kisumu: Staff flee as traders storm City Hall

By Peter Ochieng 

Normal activities came to stand still on Thursday morning, as traders stormed the Kisumu City Hall.

Staff were forced to leave in a huff, in a bid to escape the wrath of the traders from Nyamlori market.

City Hall houses Kisumu governor Anyang’ Nyong’o’s office, City Manager Abala Wanga’s office and several other county government offices.

The traders were protesting the demolition of toilets and gates at the Nyamlori market on Wednesday night.

They were reportedly given a one month notice to vacate from the market and occupy stalls, provided by the county government of Kisumu.

A section of the traders said they were taken aback by the demolitions, indicating that discussions were going on with county officers for them to continue with their operations at the market.

“We want to meet the governor so that he tells as why demolitions were done at night,” said one of the traders.

It was not clear whether Nyong’o, his deputy Mathew Owili or Wanga were in office at the time of the incident.

The ‘occupy KIsumu City Hall’ comes a day after supporters of Azimio La Umoja One Kenya leader, Raila Odinga stormed an even organised by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Sports Complex.

The event was held to mark World Consumer Rights Day.

Guests were forced to flee as protesters moved in and ate food meant for guests.

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