ICT Cabinet Secretary(CS) Eliud Owalo has rebuked the disruption of the Communication Authority meeting presided over by its Director Ezra Chiloba by Azimio supporters.
This comes hours after supporters of Azimio la Umoja One Kenya staged protests along Kisumu streets and stormed into the event organized by the Authority on Wednesday.
Owalo who was to be the chief guest at the World Consumer Rights Day 2023 did not attend the function.
However, reacting to the chaos that forced the meeting to close prematurely after guests and CA officers were whisked out of the venue, Owalo termed the incident as an act of cowardice and regrettable.
“It is regrettable that a group of youth, ostensibly doing a demo in Kisumu, this morning disrupted an official function of the Communication Authority presided over by the CA Director General, Mr. Ezra Chiloba,” he stated.
The demonstrators allegedly stormed the event seeking an audience with the minister whom they accuse of countering Azimio leader Raila Odinga in the Luo Nyanza region politics.
Upon realizing that Owalo was missing at the venue, they accessed the event’s main dais destroying and looting the valuables of various service providers before heading to the dining area where they consumed food that was preserved for the guests.
“Eye-witness accounts indicate that the bandits destroyed CA property at the venue and took off with items whose value is still unknown,” Owalo stated.
In an effort to vandalise Chiloba's official car, the aggressors also threw stones at it. Chiloba, other CA officials, and visitors, on the other hand, were unharmed.
As a result, the Authority has condemned the act in a statement provided to the media, reiterating its dedication to defending the rights of users of mobile telephony, internet, broadcasting, and courier services that fall under their purview
“It is unfortunate that this year’s World Consumer Rights Day event convened by the Communications Authority of Kenya and held at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Sports Complex in Kisumu was disrupted following protests in and around the CBD,” reads a statement in part.