The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Police Seek Wananchi's Help in Kwega Probe

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Muhoroni MP Ayiecho Olweny led demonstrators through the streets of Kisumu following the murder of politician Shem Onyango Kwega.

Nyanza CID boss Joseph Mugwanja said yesterday the police want wananchi's help in tracking down Shem Kwega's killers. Mugwanja said they have asked all the hospitals to be on the lookout for a patient who comes for treatment with gunshot wounds.

Some of the suspects escaped with wounds as the gang engaged the police ina gun battle. "Some of the thugs were accidentally shot. They may seek treatment from the hospitals and we ask the members of the public and hospital staff to report to the police if they happen on such a case," said Mugwanja.

The New Nyanza Gen-eral Hospital boss Juliana Otieno said the hospital had admitted eight patients with gunshot wounds. But Kisumu police boss Joseph Tito refuted Otieno's claims saying only six patients had been admitted.

The CID boss said investigation into the aspirant's murder was a top priority for the police and soon the culprits will be brought to book." We have collected enough evidence.

All that is remaining is to arrest the suspects. It is just a matter of time," he said. He said security agents in Kisumu have been put on high alert following the murder.

The shooting to death of Kwega led to riots and a fracas between the police and the residents who were demonstrating Kwega's death. The fracas led to four people dying and several people getting injured.

The death of the businessman, who also served as the ODM chairman Kisumu, led to several local leaders calling for speedy investigations and tightening of security in the lake shoretown. ODM headquarters has asked for the same.

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