UDA Politicians Planning Martha Karua Heckling in Kirinyaga Arrested

UDA Politicians Planning Martha Karua Heckling in Kirinyaga County Have Been Arrested.

Two UDA politicians allied to Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) have been arrested as Martha Karua tours Kirinyaga.

They were accused of planning to disrupt Azimio La Umoja political rallies in the county organized by Raila’s running mate Martha Wangari Karua.

Police arrested UDA coordinator in Kirinyaga, Don Bosco, and the county’s Majority Leader, James Kamau, on the night of Monday, May 16, according to sources.

Bosco was supposedly arrested at his home, but it is unclear where Kamau was arrested at.

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“So far, UDA coordinator and the Majority Leader, who is the senatorial candidate, have been arrested. Each individual was arrested separately. Bosco was arrested at his home at night.

“Martha was to come here together with Raila Odinga. The allegation is that the leaders planned to heckle,” stated the source.

The police are yet to reveal the motive for the arrests.

However, Deputy President William Ruto’s camp has criticized the arrests, claiming that they are politically motivated.

In a statement released on Tuesday, May 17, Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru said that the detention was intended to force some UDA-allied officials to alter their allegiance to Azimio la Umoja, led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

“I strongly condemn last evening’s arbitrary arrests of UDA aspirants, officials and supporters perpetrated by State in a futile attempt to make them support Azimio.

“We demand the immediate release of Kirinyaga Majority Leader and incoming Senator James Kamau Murango- Senator Kirinyaga County 2022, UDA coordinator Gichangi Bosco and all UDA supporters still in custody on a political witch hunt,” stated the Governor.

Karua is hosting a series of homecoming rallies in Kirinyaga, her home county, a day after being named Raila’s running mate.

She is also expected to hold a series of roadshows to popularise Azimio’s candidature in the Mt Kenya region.

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