By Samedi wa Makambo
Dozens of the dreaded elite Police Unite GSU have taken over the Mumias Stadium, today’s Anti-BBI Rally venue that was to be addressed by a section of Western Kenya leaders led by amongst others , ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, FORD-K Leader, Moses Wetangula, Former Kakamega Senetor Dr. Bonny Khalwale amongst other Tanga Tanga affiliated leaders from Mulembe.
The main agenda of the meeting according to the organizers was the revival of the grounded Mumias Sugar Company and other Western Kenya sugar millers. Sugarcane is the main cash crop in Western region. The grounding of the milling factories has thus impacted negatively to the Economy of the Luhya community.
“Our Rally today was actually a “meeting of the minds”. We wanted to converge as a people to draw a road map towards reviving our dead economy. Its has nothing to do with support or opposition to BBI. They can have their meeting in Bukhungu and we’ll have ours here. I am just surprised with how this meeting has caused tension in some quarters such that they deploy hundreds of officers to stop us. There must be a hidden agenda to our ailing economy, and they must address it before we decide otherwise” Kimilili Mp. Didmus Baraza told the Media.
Analysts are however of the opinion that the Mumias Rally was meant to water down the BBI regional conference hosted at the adjacent Bukhungu Stadium. The pro BBI team led by COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya vowed to teach the Mumias team a lesson should they try to hold a parallel forum. Just the other day Police in Mumias cancelled the Mumias permit citing Security reasons.
It has been confined that a school bus ferrying students to the BBI very was set ablaze by hired goons. No casualties have however been reported.
Uji Moto western correspondences are so far on the ground and will update as episodes unfolds in the Kakamega forums.
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