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MP escapes unhurt after youths attack him in Siaya

By NELCON ODHIAMBO September 11th, 2016 1 min read

One person was seriously injured on Sunday evening after a group of youths smashed Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo’s car while heading to a rally.

The MP said that he was not hurt.

Mr Midiwo was going to address a rally over the controversial allocation of part of Yala swamp to an Indian investor by the county government to grow cotton.

He claimed the youths were mobilised by the governor to disrupt his meeting.

“The allocation of 6,000 acres of land at Yala swamp was irregular. There was no public hearing. I am defending my people,” said Mr Midiwo after the attack.

The meeting was disrupted.

Mr Midiwo and governor Rasanga have been embroiled in war of words over the lease of the vast Yala swamp to private investors.

The MP last week threatened to sue the county government for introducing an Indian investor, Godavari Enterprises Limited, to the swamp without following due procedure.

Mr Midiwo insisted that the county government violated the law when it allocated 6,000 acres of land to the investors without seeking approval of stakeholders and the locals living around the swamp.

However, the county defended the decision saying it involved all stakeholders in the lease.

The county director of Agriculture, Mr Jacktone Nyandiko, said they even agreed with locals to form groups in order to benefit from the partnership.

“We have been promised a direct market for our cotton and rice in India,” said Mr Nyandiko.

Mr Midiwo was in the company of Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo and businessman William Oduol when they were confronted by the youths at Nyadorera market.

The leaders had earlier attended a fundraiser at St Peter’s cathedral Siaya town where they advocated for county dialogue and ensure equal distribution of county resources.