Leftist blogger Dikembe Disembe is a man hunted on social media after a number of night runners of Homa Bay were positively identified to be coming from his home area of Ndhiwa.
Dikembe has refuted the claims, saying he comes from a family of staunch Seventh Day Adventists.
“That is hatespeech. My family were the first to accept the word of God here. We brought light to Homa Bay at a time many people were still living very animalistic lives. Not even a single night runner come from my village,” protested Dikembe when Kenya Today raised the issue.
Dikembe now says the video was shot in the Rift Valley, where renowned ‘athletes’ live. Homa Bay Women Rep Gladys Wanga has also distanced herself from claims she is a night runner. LOL!
Meanwhile the night runners still demand recognition from government. Recently, they stormed a chief station in Homa Bay demanding they be registered.
The night runners from Kamenya in Ndhiwa, Homabay County led by their union president demanded to be recognised and registered as a sports group.
â€œWe need to be registered and recognised by the government. We do night running as a sport. We are not witches as some people claim,â€said their leader. â€œThere are many sports that are registered by the Kenyan Government and we wonder why we as night runners canâ€™t be recognised,â€ pleadedÂ the chief night runner.
The union leader also travelled to Seme in Kombewa on Wednesday last week where he revealed to Crazy Monday that they were holding a stakeholdersâ€™ meeting to chart the way forward.
â€œAntiere seme Waromo gi jo tukwa ma moko mondo wa los chama wa ni mondo obed motegno (I am currently in Seme to meet with my members from this region and chart the way forward).
â€œSirikal nyalo nwangâ€™o sendi ka gijuogowa, organisation wa nigi jii karibu eluf abirio gi mia abich (if the government registers and taxes us they will get money because our organisation has about 7,500 members),â€ he said.
The night runners are also seeking to be officially recognised and be allowed to do their thing during the day as well.
The association of night runners has a membership of about 7,500 people in the whole of Nyanza and is mostly dominated by people from Homa-bay, Nyando in Kisumu County and Siaya County.