Kisumu musician who composed songs praising President William Ruto is now appealing to the Head of State to guarantee him his security.
Speaking to journalists, artist Alvaro Ochieng alleged that armed criminals stormed his Kisumu home and asked him why he was praising President Ruto.
Kisumu and the larger Nyanza region is traditionally perceived to be Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s political bedrock.
The 30-year-old narrated that the said goons went looking for him at around 10 pm before they came back again at 3:00 am in the morning; after they found out he was not at home.
“At 3:00 am they knocked on my door, I asked them who they were. That is when they discovered that I was around,
The goons warned him never to produce pro-Ruto songs again and if he was going to do so then he should do it outside Raila’s Nyanza region.
“So, they warned me against doing such a thing again. They asked me for money. But I didn’t have money. So, they told me that I was not serious. So, they took my four-year-old son and went away with him,” he added.
Alvaro further revealed that he has been forced to seek refuge from another place he believes is safe for him and his family as a whole.
“I am not safe. I have been forced to flee my home to a safer place and that is why I am appealing for help so that these people don’t harm me and my loved ones,” he lamented.
It is further reported that the incident happened just days prior to the last week’s tour of President William Ruto to the Nyanza region.