The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party Chairman Johnstone Muthama evaded arrest on Thursday at Terrace Villa Resort in Mombasa after police disrupted a UDA Party meeting.
According to reports, UDA officials were in a meeting that was part of the party’s grassroots mobilization initiative as they geared up for the 2022 General Elections. Also in attendance was party Secretary-General Veronica Maina.
Snuck out minutes before
The meeting was going on when the former Machakos Senator left the venue minutes before the police arrived. About 20 armed police officers invaded the hotel premises moments later and ordered everyone to leave.
According to Nyali sub-county commander Daniel Masaba, the meeting had breached the COVID-19 protocols, hence disbanding it.
“No gathering like this is allowed, especially a political meeting,” he said, stating they were implementing the President’s directive against political gatherings. Masaba also said that they would arrest the hotel manager for contravening the COVID-19 directives.
Harrasment by police
However, UDA Sec-Gen, Veronica Maina, said the interruption was harassment since they had adhered to all COVID-19 protocols. She also said that the meeting was private and not a political gathering.
“There were less than 100 people and it was a private meeting. Why would the police break it up?” Veronica Maina asked.
Muthama also reacted to the disruption, stating that there was a sinister motive to destabilize UDA through their meetings’ interruption. He said that the interruption was an attempt to cow UDA followers due to their opposition to the BBI.
No wasting food
But there was more drama as several other aspirants and supporters insisted on staying and partaking in the food prepared for the event.
“This food has been paid for. They should let us eat as it must not go to waste,” one of the UDA supporters said.
This was the second time police were disrupting a UDA meeting. In Meru, police also dispersed UDA aspirants at a hotel over what they said was a breach of COVID-19 protocols.