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Maandamano! Drama as demonstrators commandeer police car in Oyugis town

There was drama in Oyugis town on Thursday when protestors commandeered a police vehicle. The protestors had heeded a call by Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Coalition leader Raila Odinga to hit the streets.

The youths temporarily took control of the vehicle by hanging on it as it was being driven along the Kisumu-Kisii road.

In a video that was widely circulated on social media, netizens claimed the car, a Toyota Land cruiser, was driven away by civilians. One person claimed police were looking for the vehicle after they lost it.

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Rachuonyo South Sub-county Police Commander Lilies Wachira however dismissed claims saying they have the car.

“It is parked at Oyugis Police Station as we speak. No one can take a police car away,” she said on Thursday evening.

According to the police boss, the vehicle was from an accident scene and was heading back to the station. As it was being driven along the road, the driver encountered a group of protesters.

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The section has dual carriage highway and vehicles moving in one direction cannot make a u-turn in case of any obstacles. Ms Wachira said a group of youths immediately got onto the back of the car. She said they later alighted after the car got to a junction connecting Oyugis town and Kendu Bay.

In the video, more than 10 youths can be seen hanging at the back of the car, with some hanging on the passenger door.

One of the protestors was carrying twigs while some motorcycle riders, who were going after the police vehicle, were hooting. Onlookers by the roadside as the vehicle passed by. Oyugis is among towns in Homa Bay where protests were witnessed on Thursday.

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