Several police officers raided a meeting that former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri had organized on behalf of The Service Party (TSP).
The party was holding a recruitment drive. Several leaders eyeing various political seats attended the meeting.
Shortly after the meeting began, police officers lobbed teargas at the attendees. Consequently, the meeting ended unceremoniously.
In a video seen by Kenyannews, Kiunjuri was addressing journalists at the time. He could not complete his address since the officers lobbed teargas, dispersing him and members of the press.
“It is important to note that as we are speaking, there are other individuals holding meetings elsewhere,” Kiunjuri said before the officers lobbed teargas.
Speaking about the incident, Kiunjuri said that the invasion was political intolerance. Additionally, he pointed out that they had followed all the Ministry of Health guidelines.
This incident has happened barely two days after police officers in Mombasa stormed a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) meeting. They forced all the attendees out of the meeting. They had come from various parts of the coastal region, including Kwale, Kilifi, and Lamu.
“We had taken all necessary precautions. Everyone had their masks on, sanitized and maintained social distance,” a UDA supporter lamented.
“We will use other platforms, including social media, to engage. We will regroup and show the country our unity,” another one said.
There have been allegations that Interior CS Fred Matiang’i frustrates people from other political factions.
“If we have to, we will pool resources with UDA and ODM and make dealing with him a joint project. He has already tried to run over UDA and ODM too,” Ngunjiri Wambugu, the Nyeri town MP, said.
“We have to deal with the crack, before it brings down the whole building. We can’t keep allowing some bureaucrats tomake our politics harder than it already is, or harder than it should be,” he added.