In Summary
  • Cardinal John Njue has asked Catholic bishops to take charge of their jurisdictions to avert chaos.
  • The possibility that Central Kenya might not vote as a bloc in the next election is becoming a reality.
  • Jubilee has been grappling with internal wars as factions clash over political differences.

Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro was on Monday arrested at ACK St James Cathedral in Murang'a over the chaos that marred a fundraiser at Gaitu Catholic Church on Sunday.

Muranga County Criminal Investigations Officer Julius Rutere said Mr Nyoro will be charged with resisting arrest, assaulting police officers and disrupting the church service.

The legislator has been detained at Murang'a Police Station, only his lawyer Irungu Kang'ata has been allowed to see him.

The incident involving the MP and his nominated counterpart Maina Kamanda, who are in Tanga Tanga and Kieleweke factions of the ruling Jubilee Party respectively, points to the shaping up of the 2022 succession politics.

Earlier Monday evening, at least 50 police officers were on Monday evening camping outside the church where MPs Nyoro, Peter Kimari (Mathioya) and Muturi Kigago (Kangema) were having a show with a vernacular TV station.

APOLOGY

Already, the Catholic Church has demanded an apology from politicians involved in the chaos while at the same time announcing a ban on political activities in the church.

Cardinal John Njue has asked Catholic bishops to take charge of their jurisdictions to avert chaos while Murang’a Bishop James Maria Wainaina has cancelled all political activities in church.

The possibility that Central Kenya might not vote as a bloc in the next election is becoming a reality. Such a move means the region’s influence in national politics will be weakened.

Mr Nyoro is among vocal supporters of Deputy President William Ruto who have defied President Uhuru Kenyatta’s warning to Mt Kenya MPs who have support the DP’s presidential campaign.

In June, the president warned rebellious Mt Kenya MPs allied to the Tanga Tanga faction saying he was still the regional political kingpin and that they should not mistake his silence for cowardice.

The rebellion, he said, will not stop him from showing the Mt Kenya region the direction to take come 2022.

On Monday, Murang’a County Criminal Investigations Officer Julius Rutere said they will charge Mr Nyoro with trying to obstruct police officers from arresting him and assaulting them, causing mayhem in church by disrupting a service, and inciting locals.

SEVERAL CHARGES

“If you see him tell him to report to the nearest police station, there are many complainants, we will prefer several charges against him but we must first arrest him,” Mr Rutere told the Nation.

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