- The ruthless GSU officers had come prepared to face off with the MP’s supporters.
- Senator Kang'ata told them that both Mr Nyoro and his supporters were ready to cooperate.
- He later told the Nation that he feared chaos would erupt if the MP’s supporters decided to confront the officers.
Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata, a lawyer and a close friend of Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro, prevented a looming fracas between the legislator’s supporters and police officers from the General Service Unit (GSU) who had been deployed to arrest him on the night of September 9, 2019.
The ruthless GSU officers had come prepared to face off with the MP’s supporters and were armed with clubs, guns and in full anti-riot gear, ready for “war” especially after the MP’s supporters on September 8 grabbed and rescued him from the hands police of police officers who tried to arrest him over the fracas at Gitui Catholic Church.
Last week on Monday night, a contingent of about 60 officers who had surrounded St James ACK Church where the MP was speaking on a live television interview with a local TV station, told Senator Kang’ata that they were “ready for anything, insisting that they were not afraid.
The senator, who came as the show was going on, arrived at the police officers were demanding that the door of the church hall be opened. A producer was pleading with them to wait for the show to end, fearing that fracas would erupt.
The senator beseeched the officers to allow him to peacefully “hand over the MP” to them, maintaining that both Mr Nyoro and his supporters were ready to cooperate.
“The MP or his supporters must cooperate. We will arrest him come what may. Anybody who thinks they will obstruct us from arresting our target will be met with full force. Let no one try to engage in running battles with our officers,” Murang’a County Criminal Investigations Officer Julius Rutere could be heard telling Mr Kang’ata.
Immediately the show TV was over, Mr Kang’ata sneaked into the hall and urged the moderator to urge the participants who had shown signs of anxiety to remain seated as he took the Kiharu MP to the officers.
The senator later told the Nation that he feared chaos would erupt if the MP’s supporters decided to confront the officers, a move that would have left many injured.
“I did all what I could to save the situation because I realised that if the supporters tried to restrain the officers from arresting the MP, there would have been many casualties. I also did not want the MP to be arrested in an embarrassing manner,” he said.
Mr Kang’ata is a former Kiharu MP and, during his tenure, Mr Nyoro served as the CDF chairman between 2013 and 2017.
The MP was also the chairman of Mr Kang’ata’s election campaigns in 2013.