Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o and his Deputy Mathews Owili on Monday took to the streets together with the residents to protest against the high cost of living.
Nyong’o led a section of the protesters in a second week of Azimio la Umoja anti-government demos in a bid to contain chaos and vandalization of property.
Various businesses have been closed in Kisumu amid fears of looters as the protests began as early as 6.00 am in some parts of Kisumu.
During similar protests last week, various businesses were vandalized and property stolen.
The demonstrators who blocked major highways in Kisumu engaged police in running battles around town as they lit bonfires.
Nyong’o and his team began the match in Kondele towards Nyamasaria chanting anti-government songs while the other group of protestors marched towards the CBD before being dispersed by police officers at Kisumu Boys Roundabout.
A spot check by Lake Region Bulletin indicated that as at 2:30 pm there was little activity in Kisumu CBD and its environs with hig presence of security personnel at Kisumu Boys Roundabout.
Police officers have been lobbying teargas cannisters around Kondele, Patels Flats, Agha Khan area, Nyalenda and Mega City Roundabout.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga said the protests will be there every Monday and Thursday in bid to pressure President William Ruto’s government to address high cost of living and electoral reforms.