CORD supporters including its Members of Parliament on Wednesday marched to Pangani police station demanding the release of its MPs detained at the facility.
The MPs said the politicians who are detained at the station are deprived of the right to eat and receive visitors by the police officers.
Former cabinet secretary Charity Ngilu also came to the police station, demanding the release of Johnstone Muthama, alleging that the detention of Machakos senator is legally wrong.
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Iron lady Charity Ngilu straightens Pangani OCS & his unconstitutional orders of holding CORD incommunicado !! pic.twitter.com/lg49ECuy5E
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CORD members and its supporters have been defiant over the reason for the arrest of its leaders. Yesterday over 400 protesters stormed the Kisumu streets in protest after opposition leaders who allegedly issued hate remarks were bundled off by the police.
The protesters said government is hounding Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, Suna East MP Junet Mohamed and Kitutu Masaba’s Timothy Bosire for nothing.
They lit bonfires and blocked Kisumu-Kakamega road, hindering transport for more than two hours. Some of them carried a coffin, while chanting Kuria’s name. Youths in Migori also protested shortly after a video clip of Junet’s arrest outside Nation Centre surfaced on social media.
Commuters, especially Matatu operators, avoided the route, fearing their vehicles would be burned. Those who maintained operations used alternative routes but dropped passengers long distances from their destinations. The demonstration lasted for hours starting from 5pm to 9pm.
The riot was not bloody unlike the previous ones and as a result, no casualties were reported but business owners said the demonstrators intended to loot.
Anti-riot policemen who were deployed to Kondele and Kibuye contained the situation after shooting in the air to disperse the protesters.
Muthama was first placed on house arrest before he was escorted to the CID to record a statement on the allegations. Junet was arrested outside Nation Centre where he had gone for an interview.
The CORD leaders Johnstone Muthama, Junnet Mohamed, Florence Mutua, Aisha Jumwa and Timothy Bosire including University of Nairobi student leader Babu Owino have moved to the High Court seeking to be released on bail.
A total of eight politicians arrested over incitement and hate speech were arraigned in court on Tuesday June 14, 2016.
They will remain at Gigiri, Muthaiga, and Pangani police stations until the hearing of their cases on Friday June 17.
The eight politicians are:
- Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama
- Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire
- Suna East MP Junet Mohammed
- Busia Women Representative Florence Mutua
- Kilifi Women Representative Aisha Jumwa
- Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria
- Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri
- Kabete Ferdi
Meanwhile Runyenjes MP Cecily Mbarire has said that opposition party Cord has been causing trouble in the country ahead of election just to push government into postponing the next year’s poll to 2019 and also to make the country resort to forming a a transition government.
The legislator, who is among the 11-member team selected by Jubilee to hold electoral reforms talks with Cord, added that opposition is not sincere about wanting the IEBC officials to leave office, but instead wants to enter the government “through the back door”.
She spoke on Saturday during a funds drive at Kanja Secondary School in Embu town.
Mbarire said Jubilee will not agree to form a transitional government because “it is illegal.” She added that the demand by CORD to have IEBC talks outside parliament is illegal too.
She vows that Raila’s “uncontrollable greed for power” will fail him next year.