A group of leaders allied to Tanga Tanga faction of the ruling Jubilee Party was forced to scamper for safety after police officers lobbed teargas canisters at them while addressing the press.
The leaders who had thronged Kilimani Police Station to push for the release of Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria were neutralised by a barrage of piercing teargas canisters fired by the arresting officers.
Kuria was arrested on Friday, January 10, morning, for allegedly assaulting a seasoned female political commentator during an interview at a vernacular radio station owned by Royal Media Services.
He was taken to Kilimani Police Station for interrogation over the matter before he was locked up pending further investigation.
His colleagues led by Kandara MP Alice Wahome, Kikuyu lawmaker Kimani Ichungw’ah and Kiharu’s Ndindi Nyoro arrived at the station moments later to push for his release.
They castigated the authorities of being oppressive and targeting their members in what they alleged was a concerted effort by state officers to intimidate and silence them.
Wahome, a lawyer by profession, claimed they had secured a KSh 50, 000 bail for their colleague but police were reluctant to release him because “orders from above” had directed that he remains in custody.
“We got bail of KSh 50, 000 and brought it to the station where it was verified and certified. They have, however, refused to release him three hours after issuing the bail…we are being told it is because of orders from above. We have called Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and Director of Criminal Investigation Geoerge Kinoti and they have told us the same thing,” alleged Wahome.
As she continued to tear into the state for perpetuating alleged impunity and injustices in the country, charged police officers exercised the orders in a more brutal way by launching lethal teargas canisters that left them wailing and squealing in darkness.
Nyoro who seemed more aggrieved cried the loudest and took to his Twitter handle to narrate the short ordeal in an emotional-laden paragraph that described the government he serves in as a brutal and cruel regime.
“They have teargassed us ruthlessly and smashed some of our vehicles inside Kilimani Police Station as we tried to have them obey a court order on Hon Moses Kuria’s release. Members of the press were not spared either. We are African and Africa is our Business,” he said
A section of netizens were, however, unapologetic and ganged up on his timeline to remind him of his past social media posts and public utterances that supported police brutality.
Kuria and Wahome were too called out for crying foul about a cause they vehemently supported when it was being meted on Opposition leaders in the run-up to 2017 General Election.
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Published at Fri, 10 Jan 2020 17:57:50 +0000