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Sunday 17 May 2015

MP arrested over Muranga demo

A demonstration to condemn the murder of a woman who was gang raped and killed at Maragi estate of Murang’a town has led to the arrest of Kiharu MP Irungu Kang’ata.
The MP who led the demo that saw Mukuyu- Murang’a road closed was arrested by police and taken to Murang’a Police Station immediately after the officers dispersed irate residents with teargas canisters.
Kang’ata was picked up by police on his way from Mukuyu to Murang’a Police Station where he was headed to demand that security be beefed up following the deaths of three women who were brutally murdered with two of them having been gang raped.
During the demonstration, Kang’ata condemned the high rise of insecurity in Murang’a and told off the security officers whom he castigated for arresting innocent civilians while the offenders are left to roam about.
The demonstration that saw bonfires lit and closure of the busy road in Murang’a, leading to a heavy traffic along the Mukuyu-Murang’a road, forcing police to intervene and unblock the road by removing the items that had barricaded the road.
Mukuyu town resident Elizabeth Wanjiru stated that the woman who was murdered was just a hustler and thus her killers should not be allowed to go scotfree.
Pastor Stephen Kambo explained how police mishandled and bundled the MP into a police Land Rover before he was whisked away to unknown destination.
Area residents armed with twigs converged at the police station demanding for the release of their MP.
OCPD Johnstone Limo together with Murang’a CID boss affirmed that the MP was not in the police cells and directed journalists to source out for him elsewhere.
Kang’ata had sent a message to journalists and residents saying “I have been arrested and teargas thrown upon us,” read his text message. The MP went missing for six hours and efforts to reach him on phone bore no fruits until when he answered a phone call and said he had been released.

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