Q1. Tell us about yourself?
A1. My name is Odacho chielwiyeokee, on Sundays I answer to the Greek name Philipo. I am a resident of Chiga, born and bred here –passport or no passport.
Q2. Tell us something about Chiga?
A2: Chiga is a small sleepy town eight kilometres south from the Nairobi – Kisumu highway and about 30 km from Kisumu. The Luo community from the Kano Clan inhabit this area. Incidentally, Kano is Where Luanda Magere hailed from.
Q3: What is you comment on the primitive action by the villagers forcefully demanding traditional burial rituals for the late Ohangla musician?
A3: Primitive? You are being cantankerous, It is only because it is a Sunday that I will let that comment pass. If it was not, then I would have shown you what primitive means.
Q4. Until his death, not many people had heard of this musician?
A4: Speak for yourself.
Q5: Do you think the villager’s action on the material day was justified.
A5: Your comments are nattering nabobs of negativism; I think we villagers made a strong point that there is a limit to Government interference to individual rights and that death should not be treated as mistake. Could you tell me any justification for police action on that day? There should be limits to police presence in some activities. In any case, our action has put Chiga to the national grid; Chiga now even appears on the Google maps just like another much smaller town in central Kenya called Ichaweri.
Q6: Were you happy with the action though?
A6: Well not exactly happy. You see, we villagers are saddened that the police had to leave without expending the entire stock of tear gas. This is a shame. We attribute this to the Minneapolis effect
A7: We had keenly studied the riots in Minneapolis, sadly they are not up to modern rioting standards.Some of the villagers attempted to be copycats of Minneapolis riots and acted with exceptional restraint. That is unacceptable and we will have to revisit this….
Q8: How did you view the action of the Police?
A8: I have always known that the average police IQ is slightly above basement level. In this instance, I have to appreciate their emotional quotient as they well read the signs and wants of the villagers and peacefully gave space.
Q9: I noticed that most of the villagers during the riot never bothered to maintain social distance let alone wear face masks?
A9: At a personal level, do you know of any person dead from COVID19?
A10: Well that’s that.
Q11: Your final thoughts
A11: Every morning I lift my eyes to the hills and thank God that I was born a Luo. I don’t know if life could have been worth living if that did not happen…