Anti-riot police officers in a rally in Kisii. PHOTO: COURTESY.
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A violent confrontation, between UDA and Azimio in Kisii leaves 10 hospitalized.

Following violent clashes between pro-Azimio and pro-UDA youths in the Central Business District of Kisii town on Saturday evening, local police have launched an investigation into the incident.

At least 10 people who sustained machete wounds were hospitalized at the Kisii Teaching Referral Hospital.

According to Kisii Governor Simba Arati, who visited the hospital where the injured youths are receiving treatment, security personnel were slow to intervene and quell the tension between the rival factions.

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“It is regrettable that the breadwinners of families are now confined to their hospital beds, while being closely watched by police officers whose responsibility is to maintain law and order,” Kisii Governor Simba Arati said.

The Governor placed responsibility on Interior CS Kithure Kindiki for the inability to prevent the clashes that took place in Kisii.

“I want to plead with Kindiki….you have won the elections, we mist reconcile the society. You cant be fighting people in banditry when you are mushrooming criminals around town protected by police officers,” he said.

The Kisii Governor pledged to use other means to address the issue of emerging gangs being utilized by rival poticians to disrupt the peace and destabilize his administration.

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Several victims stated that a group of youths carrying machetes stormed the boda boda offices located behind Kisii Assembly, which appeared to be linked to a leadership dispute.

Prior to the violent confrontation, a group of boda boda operators, led by boda boda leader Fred Nunda, held a demonstration within Kisii town to denounce the Azimio Rally held in Kisii’s Gusii Stadium on Friday.

Kisii County Commander Charles Kases reported that the Deputy OCPD of Kisii Central was also seriously injured while attempting to quell the riots that took place that evening.