The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) joined Kenyans in mourning the party’s Kisumu Town West branch chairman, Mr Shem Onyango Kwega, who was brutally murdered yesterday, Monday 29th October, 2012, in Kisumu town.
In a condolence message on behalf of the party, the Secretary-General, Mr Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, said: “The party had received with profound shock the murder of Mr Kwega who he described as a dedicated official, who served the party diligently and with loyalty.
“His killing by unknown assailants this morning outside Mamba Hotel in Kisumu town is a big blow to the party and the followers who elected him to serve them as their chairman during last year’s grassroots elections.
“Mr Kwega’s killing comes in the wake of cries of increasing cases of insecurity in Kisumu and its environs, a situation that has become a major concern to the residents of the lakeside town.
“We condole with his family and pray for the quick recovery of his wife who was injured during the shooting, and rushed to Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu.
“The ODM calls on the government to investigate the motive behind Mr Kwega’s murder and bring the culprits to book.
“The party equally calls on the government to intensify security in Kisumu town and the surrounding areas to avoid the brewing tension among the residents.
“Security is a basic human right and we urge the government to provide security in all parts of this country especially during this electioneering period.”