Police Teargas Journalists, Disrupt Kiunjuri's Meeting

Kiunjuri could be seen addressing the journalists but was not able to deliver his point across as the police lobbed teargas, dispersing both him and members of the press.

Police Teargas Journalists, Disrupt Kiunjuri's Meeting

Armed police officers on Saturday, June 5, lobbied tear-gas towards journalists during a meeting that was organised by The Service Party (TSP) which is headed by former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri.

TSP, which was hosting a recruitment drive, held a meeting attended by a number of leaders who were targeting various political seats.

However, the meeting was disrupted by police officers who lobbied tear-gas at the attendees.

Former CS Mwangi Kiunjuri launches The Service Party of Kenya (TSP) on June 24, 2020. /CITIZEN DIGITAL

In a video seen by Viral Tea, Kiunjuri could be seen addressing the journalists but was not able to deliver his point across as the police lobbed tear-gas, dispersing both him and members of the press.

Kiunjuri had labelled the invasion as political intolerance, adding that all the Ministry of Health guidelines had been followed.

"The most important thing that should be noted is that as we are speaking, there are other individuals holding meetings elsewhere," he stated before the tear-gas was lobbed in his direction.

The incident took place merely two days after police in Mombasa stormed a meeting held by Deputy President William Ruto's United Democratic Alliance party.

The police forced attendees from Tana River, Kilifi, Lamu and Kwale out of the premises.

"We had taken all necessary precautions. We had masks on, sanitized and maintained social distance," stated a supporter.

"We will use other platforms such as social media to engage with each other. We will regroup and show the country our unity," another supporter stated. 

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has become a notable figure for disrupting the status quo across the political divide after he was accused of frustrating other political factions.

"Even if we have to pool resources with UDA and ODM and make dealing with him a joint project; since he’s already also tried to run over them too.

"Sometimes you must deal with the crack, before it brings down the building. We can’t keep allowing some bureaucrats to keep making our politics harder than it already is, or should be. Bonchari was a mistake," Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu stated.

CS Matiang'i was accused by both the UDA and ODM factions of using state resources to campaign for the Jubilee candidate.

ODM's Edwin Sifuna accused Matiang'i of using the police to clobber Kisii residents. He indicated that he had been forced to engage in running battles with the police to avoid arrest.

"Uhuru must sack Matiangi or send him to the ministry of wildlife," Sifuna stated.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i. /FILE