Nakuru East MP David Gikaria arrested over ongoing clashes in Nakuru town

Nakuru Town East Member of Parliament David Gikaria was Monday afternoon arrested in connection to protest by matatu operators that rocked the town’s Central Business District.

Gikaria was apprehended at the county police commander’s office where he had gone to demand the withdrawal of officers from engaging the operators.

Confirming the incident on phone, Nakuru County Commander Tito Kilonzo said the MP arrived at his offices charged up seeking to have an audience over the ongoing protest in the town’s CBD.

He noted that Gikaria hurled instances and threatened to rough up officers for blocking the planned protests by Matatu operators.

Kilonzi said they have launched investigations to nab more culprits believed to have played part in the organization of the protests.

“The MP is currently behind bars, he arrived at my office hurling insults and even attempted to rough the officers, we have recorded statements and he will be arraigned in court,” said Kilonzi.

The chaos erupted after attempts by striking matatu operators protesting their eviction from the central Business District to enter the CBD were thwarted by police officers.

The mid-morning incident disrupted transport services on the busy Nakuru-Kisumu, Nakuru-Eldoret and Nakuru Nyahururu Highways and business premises closed as the operators lit bonfires and barricaded the roads with rocks and boulders.

This comes just two weeks after Governor Lee Kinyanjui ordered the re-opening of Wakulima Market that was closed in curbing the spread of the virus in March, and vowed never to allow matatu operators back into the Central Business District.

In a statement to newsrooms, Governor Kinyanjui issued a statement to newsrooms saying that his administration was sourcing for a contractor to start construction of a modern transport centre equipped with necessary social amenities at a cost of Shs 100 million.

He further termed the decision by public transport operators to demonstrate as ‘hurried’ and ‘uncalled’ for adding that the County government in in the final stages of constructing a well-organized transport system got the county.

 

  

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