1 January 2013

Kenya: More Police in Kisumu for Prophet's Rally

SECURITY has been beefed up in Kisumu as thousands of Christians converge on the city for prophet David Owuor's New Year prayers.

There has been an enhanced security presence in the city and its environs since Friday when faithful from as fars Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Sudan among other nations started streaming into the Lake side city.

Yesterday, Kisumu East district commissioner Willy Cheboi, who chairs the security meetings in the area, said more police had been brought in neighbouring Nyando, Muhoroni, Nyakach, Siaya and Bondo districts.

"We have tightened security in Kisumu town and its environs and hope all will be well," Cheboi said. The prayers have been going on at the Kisumu's Moi stadium since Sunday.

The prophet arrived in Kisumu at 6pm and was met by throngs of the faithful who thronged the streets to wait for his motorcade the Kisumu airport.

The Imperial Hotel where the prophet spent a night was guarded by police to ensure maximum security for the man of God.

Several delegates drawn from various countries in Europe and Asia also arrived in the city for the repentance prayers. Owuor, who hails from Nyanza, visits the region once in a year to pray for healing, national repentance and miracles.

Business is also good as traders erected artificial kiosks near the Moi stadium to sell food and other items. Some local church compounds were also cashing by providing parking space at a Sh 350 per vehicle.

Last year, more than 10,000 people attended his gathering in Kisumu. Police had a hectic time to control the huge crowd that camped at Moi Stadium. In his meetings, delegations come from across the country expecting to receive miracles and spiritual healings.

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