Former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale narrowly escaped after police officers chased him into a maize plantation.
The former senator was trying to address an illegal gathering. Locals had gathered at the airstrip in Kakamega county.
After learning about the illegal meeting, police officers stormed the airstrip. They hurled teargas and then chased Boni Khalwale into the maize plantations.
Khalwale convened the illegal meeting to address the people on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. He claimed that the National government was neglecting the locals. Locals who attended the meeting were eager to hear what he had to say.
When police officers raided the meeting, the locals sought cover in the nearby maize plantations. The officers pursued them relentlessly.
At the meeting, Khalwale accused Eugene Wamalwa of failing to distribute relief food to the needy people.
“I am so angry after I learned that the government intended to take food to Navakholo and not Shinyalu,” Khalwale said.
“We all have masks. What we lack is food. We lack food not because we are lazy but because we respect the state. President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered that we should not go to work but stay home,” he added.
To address the effects of Covid-19, the government started a program to send 1000 shillings to needy families every week. Over 300,000 families have benefited from it so far.