Youngsters block Wanjigi’s motorcade in Siaya “demanding handouts”


Businessman and presidential candidate Jimi Wanjigi speaks to ODM delegates at a city hotel in Siaya, Siaya County, on September 18, 2021. [Olivia Odhiambo, Standard]

Police were forced to throw tear gas at rowdy teenagers on Saturday after blocking hopeful President Jimmy Wanjigi’s motorcade along Siaya Kisumu Street.

Wanjigi had just finished speaking to ODM delegates in Siaya City when the youths blocked his motorcade and chanted “Give us something” before the riot police arrived to restore order.

Wanjigi’s motorcade sped away as the youths rushed to safety during the hand-to-hand combat.

Unlike his Migori tour, the Siaya district in Wanjigi was peaceful as many ODM followers came to listen to him.

Siaya County is home to ODM leader Raila Odinga, who, despite not declaring his candidacy, has hinted that he would run in the 2022 polls.

Wanjigi, who has expressed interest in the ODM presidential card, has toured the country in preparation for the 2022 general election and is meeting with ODM delegates.

Speaking to ODM delegates in Siaya City, Wanjigi said he was one of those who stood by Raila during and after the 2017 general election.

He said he was not at war with Raila and stated that he stood by his side during his difficult political moments.

Wanjigi told delegates he was the only Mount Kenya politician who supported Raila in the last general election.

He rejected calls for a coalition between ODM and other political parties, saying ODM was strong enough to form the next government.

“I am confident that ODM will form the next government. I would ask all of you to support me as a presidential candidate. I have supported Raila before and now it is time to enjoy their support and that of his people’s ability to change your life and Kenya’s economy, “he said.

Wanjigi told delegates that he would be sending a team over the next two weeks to give them free BT cotton seedlings.

“I heard your screams and I will be bringing free BT cotton seedlings to pilot a cotton project. Don’t let this cotton project frustrate your local politicians because it is time to improve our economy, ”he said.

Delegates attending the meeting asked Wanjigi to invest in Siaya City so that the youth could find work

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