A senior official of the National Super Alliance has accused the police force of raiding NASA offices in Nairobi.
Nasa flag bearer Raila Odinga’s spokesman, Dennis Onyango, released a statement on Friday night saying a number of police officers raided the different offices of the coalition party.
He said the officers who were armed to the teeth and wore hoods failed to present any search or arrest warrant before entering the premises.
Dennis Onyango’s statement read:
“A few minutes to 8 pm Friday, police in hoods and armed with AK47 and machine guns raided different offices that host operations of the Opposition National Super Alliance and held staff, mostly young university and college students on internship hostage, forcing them to lie on the floor for hours then took away all their equipment.”
“Terrified workers at the various installations where the raid was conducted said they counted up to 30 men in hoods who took away mobile phones, note books, and work identity cards. The raiders also broke down and ferried away surveillance cameras, desktop computers, computer servers, Ipads and laptops in addition to taking photos of the identification documents of all the staff.”
He added that the alleged police officers promised to not return whatever they took away and also took details of each of the NASA staff, including their full names, areas of residence, place of birth and school.
“They jumped over the fence and demanded cooperation from the terrified young employees warning that non-co-operation could result in shooting and murder.”
On Saturday morning, the National Police Service responded to the allegations that its officers raided NASA offices the night before.
In a statement made through spokesperson George Kinoti, the Police Service said the allegations are not true and was meant to cause public disorder and disturbance. He added that Nasa had not yet reported the incident at any police station.
“Our attention has been drawn to claims in the media that Police officers broke into some offices belonging to a political party on the night of Friday 4th August 2017.”
“These allegations are untrue and further wish to state that no such report of a burglary has been made to any Police Station.”
“We invite anyone with any information regarding the break in as alleged, to inform the nearest Police Station for immediate investigations.”