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Eric Omondi Narrates Being Manhandled By Police In Viral Clip

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Videos shared on social media had shown the comedian being bundled by uniformed police officers into a vehicle nearby but he tried to resist arrest.

Comedian Eric Omondi on Thursday, November 18 opened up on the video that showed him being manhandled by police officers outside Parliament in Nairobi before they arrested him during protests.

Videos shared on social media had shown the comedian being bundled by uniformed police officers into a vehicle nearby but he tried to resist arrest.

Omondi revealed for the first time since his dramatic arrest that he was sent panicking when Central Police Station Officer Commanding Station, Johnson Lemuna had ordered for his arrest.

It was during that time that he was forcefully bundled into a police van after he tried many tactics to resist being nabbed by the police officers, including jumping towards the top of the vehicle in an attempt to escape.


However, the officers had managed to bring him down, though using force and threw him into the van that drove him to the Central Police Station.

OSC Lemuna had confirmed his arrest and detainment after he joined a section of artists in holding demonstrations outside Parliament buildings which were dispersed by police lobbying teargas.

“There were like seven men. They were trying to push me into the car and I knew it would be over if I got into the car. I was pushed and fell down but I don’t have a scratch on my body, I thank God,” he narrated on social media.

On reaching the police station, the comedian revealed that there were nearly 12 Kenyans also in custody in the cell he was taken into.

“Others who had also been apprehended thought I had gone there to record a statement but when I told them I had suffered the same fate as them, they started laughing at me. The OCS and officers were good to me but they warned me against engaging in any altercations with them,” he went on.

His arrest, he added, marked the first time in his life that he was placed in police custody inside the cells.

He concluded by announcing that he would stage similar protests on Tuesday, November 23, vowing not to stop in his bid to have a law that would compel all radio and TV stations to play 75% of local music.

Omondi has been calling for the government to consider the plight of Kenyan artists who have been largely ignored for years.

“Our musicians have become mere curtain raisers for international acts. We have become clowns in our own land. Every weekend there is a group of 3 or 4 foreign artists in Nairobi.”

“Where are the Kenyan concerts? The curfew has been lifted, it is time to dust ourselves and get to work. We can do it, we have all it takes to RECLAIM this lost Glory. Let’s have South Africans hosting Monthly GENGETONE festivals in Johannesburg, let’s get our Musicians storming other countries and cities every weekend.” he urged, prompting a heated response from several musicians and media personalities countrywide.

Former Nation FM presenter Cate Rira weighed in on the matter, absolved the artists from the issue at hand and directed it to the government as they have the powers to offer the final word.

“You cannot tell us that we are not working hard to play Kenyan music. It is not the problem of the artists, it is now the problem of the government. 





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