The United Democratic Alliance has decried the rising cases of harassment of their officials by the police saying it violation of their rights.
This after police officers arrested two party registration officers Sarah Lumala and Delila Christine Monda in Shirere ward, Lulambi constituency Kakamega County on Monday and detained them for five hours at the local Chief’s camp before transferring them to Kakamega Police Station where they were released on cash bail.
The two were arrested while carrying out the party’s registration exercise.
“Police are yet to charge any of the two individuals more than 72 hours after they first booked them, clearly going against chapter 49 of the Constitution on the rights of an arrested person. On two occasions they have been taken to court, but not charged; clearly this is harassment n intimidation,” The party says.
UDA Chairman Johnstone Muthama said they are dismayed by the unwarranted actions by the police which clearly is denying the would be members of UDA their constitutional rights to belong to a political party of their choice.
“It has emerged that there is a coordinated, premeditated and prearranged strategy by the police to illegally deny UDA any political space,” He said.
Muthama said the arrest comes days after the disruption of the party activities of a Women’s meeting organized for the Kiambaa parliamentary seat candidate John Njuguna Wanjiku.
“Police have in the recent past disrupted, harassed UDA members during aspirants meetings in Meru and Mombasa as well as during the by elections in Bonchari, Kabuchai constituencies as well as Rurii and London wards. Hon Mwangi Kiunjuri was also teargased in Chogoria, Tharaka Nithi County,” He said.
Muthama says the party is observing and documenting every act of aggression by the police on UDA members as the general election approaches.
“The party condemns these illegal acts by the police and call upon the Inspector General of Police and his officers to adhere to the rule of law and allow Kenyans to enjoy their democratic freedoms,” He said.