Chaos ensued during a Pro DP Ruto Inua Mama rally in Wajir County on Friday, November 29 after a man hurled teargas at the crowd.
Residents and leaders were forced to scamper for safety as soon as the smoke from the canister started to fill the air. The commotion brought the event to a standstill with the audience running away despite pleas by the leaders that everything was okay.
Police have arrested a man suspected to have lobbed a teargas canister in a crowd .
Wajir County commander Stephen Ng’etich said the suspect who hails from Kibera in Nairobi was arrested by police as he tried to flee during the chaos.
“Today we arrested a man believed to have lobbed the teargas canister at the crow during Inua Mama event as he tried to escape,” said Mr Ng’etich.
Mr Ng’etich said that three other individuals who had accompanied him evaded arrest, adding that police had begun investigations into the matter.
The county boss stated that upon interrogation it was discovered the four had flown to Wajir from Nairobi via Jetways plane.
He added that it’s not clear why the four went to Wajir but stated that it appeared there was a plot to disrupt the rally, which was held at Qorahay grounds.
“For now we can’t tell what their plan was but we have commenced investigations into the matter, ” Mr Ng’etich said.
He further said a taxi driver who drove the four to the venue is also in police custody and helping with the investigation.
The incident attracted harsh criticism from a section of women legislators under Inua Mama, calling it a plot by some elements to disrupt their meeting.
They vowed to pursue justice via the courts of law to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.
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