10 February 2014

Kenya: Kisumu Monument Pulled Down After Three-Day Protests

THE monument erected by the Sikh community on a street in Kisumu town was yesterday pulled down.

It was removed after a meeting between former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the Sikh community on Saturday.

The meeting was attended by Governor Jack Ranguma, Nyando MP Fred Outa and several MCAs.

The monument, which was erected at a roundabout on Mosque Road, sparked off three days of protest with residents saying it portrayed Kisumu as a haven of idol worshipers.

"We don't want that satanic monument in Kisumu. We only want that of Jaramogi Oginga and Tom Mboya," said the protestors.

County police commander David Ngetich said they have arrested more than 20 youths involved in the chaos. Ngetich said they will be charged with causing disturbance and deliberate damage of the monument.

Addressing the crowd on Saturday, Raila said the Sikh community had agreed to remove the monument and build a water fountain.

Raila said they will erect a statue of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga on Oginga Odinga Street.

Siri Guru Sabha chairman Charjeet Hayer said they erected the monument to commemorate 100 years of the Sikh community living in Kisumu town.

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