Drama as MP is arrested on the street over hate talk

There was drama early today outside Nation Center along Kimathi Street in Nairobi, as Flying Squad officers pounced on Suna East MP Junet Mohamed.

Junet is among four Cord lawmakers who the police wanted to arrest over hate speech.

And today morning, Flying Squad officers seized Junet outside Nation Centre, moments after leaving a live interview with NTV.

Mr Mohamed was surrounded by Flying Squad police officers who had been waiting for him outside the building since 7.30am. The officers were led by squad head Said Kiprotich.

The lawmaker had been invited to NTV for a discussion on hate speech.

But his arrest was never short of drama as his colleagues James Orengo (Siaya Senator) and Peter Kaluma (Homabay Town) engaged the officers in a scuffle.

Junet had earlier learned of the pending arrest and was instructed by his lawyer, Orengo, not to leave Nation Centre until he arrived.

And when he did and legislator came out, the officers pounced on his client prompting him to intervene.

Orengo refused the arrest and demanded that they be allowed to drive themselves to Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) headquarters.

They were then escorted to the DCI on Kiambu Road where Junet was expected to record a statement concerning allegations that he and other Cord leaders made statements that amounted to hate speech.

The incident came barely hours after Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet ordered the MP, his colleagues Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba) and Kilifi Woman Rep Aisha Jumwa to appear at the DCI to record statements. The same orders had also been issued to Senator Johnstone Mutrhama and three jubilee MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete) and Kimani Ngujiri (Bahatai).

While the Jubilee MPs obeyed the orders and presented themselves at the DCI headquarters late Monday evening, their colleagues in Cord did not.






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