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MCA’s arrest sparks off Bissil unrest, Namanga road closure

Demonstrators light fires in Bissil to protest the arrest of former MCA Lesalaon ole Seki by KWS rangers on Thursday
Demonstrators light fires in Bissil to protest the arrest of former MCA Lesalaon ole Seki by KWS rangers on Thursday
“We have taken him in and the police are processing charges against the suspect for purposes of being arraigned,” said Njauuini.

Kenya Wildlife Service in Kajiado on Thursday arrested former Matapato North MCA Lesalaon ole Seki on claims of inciting the public against wild animals.

Lesalaon ole Seki was arrested on Thursday on claims of incitement
Lesalaon ole Seki was arrested on Thursday on claims of incitement

Kajiado KWS boss Muteru Njauuini confirmed Seki was arrested early hours of Thursday on allegations he has been inciting the public to kill wild animals.

“We have taken him in and the police are processing charges against the suspect for purposes of being arraigned,” said Njauuini.

Arrest Sparks Off Violence

Seki’s arrest sparked off violence in Bissil town as residents blocked the main Namanga/Kajiado road with burning tyres as they demand his “unconditional” release.

“I am not aware of what is happening in Bissil but I am aware that Seki was arrested and we are preparing him to appear in court,” said Njauuini.

Motorists plying the Kajiado Namanga road were kept waiting for close to three hours as local police officers attempted to put off fires lit on the main road.

At some point, police officers were forced to lob tear gas on irate residents, who had taken over the road as they demanded the release of their leader.

Kajiado Central Police Commander, Daudi Lornyokwe said that by 1.15 pm he had managed to open up the Kajiado/Namanga road but pockets of demonstrators were still giving his officers a hard time.

“We are trying to do all that is possible to open up the road now as we speak so that the flow of motor vehicles is eased,” said Lornyokwe.

Seki resides in Bissil and his supporters told the police they will not open the road until their leader is “delivered here”.

Nkaloyo Connection

Earlier before 1 pm, a section of Bissil residents had accused Seki’s successor, MCA Dickson Nkaloyo of inciting KWS against the former ward representative.

But Nkaloyo in his response said he is not part of any forces that would wish for Seki’s arrest.

“Why are people talking like that and I have been at the forefront of Kajiado Central sub-county people who have said wildlife is of no use to our people?” asked the MCA.

He told the KWS and the police to build more cells and prisons to accommodate the people of Central who are against the presence of wildlife.

“I am repeating here now that we shall now kill all the harmful and harmless wildlife crossing to our farms without seeking permission from anybody. These are our farms and we have the right to defend our property,” said Nkaloyo on the phone.

Seki had not been charged at Kajiado law courts at the time of going to press.

 

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