Tension high after arbitrary arrests

Kirinyaga Central UDA coordinator Bosco Gichangi  addressing the media at a Kerugoya hotel last evening after he was released from police custody on allegations of planning and organizing to disrupt the home comming of Azimio running  mate Martha Karua.

Tension is high in Kirinyaga County following   the alleged arbitrary arrests of some UDA leaders and supporters ahead of Martha Karua’s home coming yesterday.

Kirinyaga County Assembly Majority Leaders Kamau Murango was the first to be arrested on Monday night while on a business trip in Mombasa only to be arraigned in  court yesterday.

He was accused of allegedly organising and planning to disrupt the home coming of the DP nominee while on her home coming .

Also arrested on the same night was Bosco Gichangi  at his house  in Kimuri Estate , Kerugoya town  and accused with the same office .

Gichangi who is the UDAs  Coordinator  for Kirinyaga Central Constituency spent a whole night at the Kerugoya police station only to be realised  after 4 pm yesterday without any charge .

He was however  ordered to report to the same station this morning while four police vehicles and 15 policemen had been used to arrest him.

Some  10 party supporters were also arrested but got released later last night without any charges being preferred against them.

The  Thiba Ward UDA candidate  whose house was  stormed at night and accused of having similar motives like Murango ang Gichangi .He was however  not picked up after the police officers failed to obtain any  evidence ,linking him to the suspected offence.

Following the development Governor Anne Waiguru who is defending her seat on a UDA ticket reacted angrily and  asserted  that no amount of intimidations would deter her and her supporters to abandon  the course.

Through  her twitter handle Waiguru termed the arrests as arbitrary and wondered why the state agents should be used to suppress those with divergent political persuasion

Waiguru told those behing the arrests to read the signs on the time and understand that  the UDA was in the hearts of Kirinyaga people and no one could change this   scenario .

Local UDA leadership led by Maina Kihia accused state agents of being used to force  the locals into supporting   the Raila Odinga led Azimio .

“Trying to force the Azimio down the throats of Kirinyaga people is tantamount to selling pork meat in the Muslim dominated Middle East , “Kihia said .

Kihia and his colleagues who addressed a hastily convened press conference at the Bekam hotel last evening vowed  to soldier  on until William Ruto became the Fifth President come August 9 general elections .

Although Karua managed to snake through various towns and markets in the county , there were shouts and chants  of UDA wherever she shouted Azimio.

With the kind of resistance  against Azimio in the county only time will tell which direction the local politics will now assume .


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