In Summary
  • Kandara OCPD said after interrogating Mr Kamau and his group, they will decide on whether to charge him or not.
  • Murang’a County Police Commander Josephat Kinyua said the association breached their agreement with the police.
  • He said they had permission to hold a meeting and not demonstrations.

Police in Murang’a have arrested Kandara politician Phillip Kamau alias PMG after a group which he leads demonstrated and blocked the busy Thika-Kabati road at the Makenji bus stage.

The politician, who is the chairman of Kandara Residents Association, a group that has been demanding that fruit processing company Del Monte cedes part of its land to the locals claiming it was grabbed from their forefathers, staged protests along the road on Wednesday and burnt tyres before they were dispersed by a contingent of police officers using tear gas.

The group later re-convened at a hotel where police officers stormed and arrested Mr Kamau and a group of over 10 demonstrators.

QUESTIONING

The officers said the politician had been taken in for questioning.

The group has also filed a petition at the Murang’a Lands and Environment Court demanding that Del Monte cedes over 7,000 acres of land to them.

Contacted, Kandara OCPD Paul Wambugu told the Nation that they had only taken Mr Kamau and his group for questioning following their conduct during the protests.

He said after interrogating Mr Kamau and his group, they will decide on whether to charge him or not.

“We have only taken Mr Kamau and his group for questioning. We will interrogate him and then decide our next course of action,” Mr Wambugu told the Nation.

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