, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 27 – Leaders who organised a protest in Narok where two people were shot dead Monday have been summoned to the CID headquarters to record statements.
Those required to write statements include area Senator Stephen ole Ntutu and three local MPs accused of leading the demonstration which turned violent.
CID Director Ndegwa Muhoro said that the leaders will be questioned on why they defied a government directive and went ahead to stage the protest which led to the death of two people.
“We are expecting them here this morning because of what happened in Narok,” Muhoro said, “All of them have been summoned.”
Four other people were seriously wounded in the chaotic demonstrations demanding the resignation of Narok Governor Samuel ole Tunai.
“The leaders are being investigated for us to establish if they were responsible for what happened,” he said on telephone Tuesday.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery had at the weekend warned against any protests in the area, and instead urged leaders to resolve their grievances through dialogue.
“To ensure that law and order is maintained, the Police have been directed to commence investigations with immediate effect and subsequently charge those found culpable in a Court of Law,” he stated.
He pointed out that the local leaders were told to deliver their memoranda to investigators but failed to do so, instead opting to lead demonstrations in the town.
“When issues of alleged corruption were brought to the attention of the government, investigators from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission were sent to Narok County. It is regrettable that instead of local leaders following laid down legal procedures of dealing with alleged corruption, they chose unnecessary confrontation,” he said.
On Monday, the protesters estimated at thousands had been camping at the county government headquarters, demanding to hand a petition to the governor, but turned chaotic, when a group attempted to storm in his office.
Among those wounded is area police chief, Paul Leting and two of his juniors, police said of the protests, which brought Narok town to a stand still for several hours.
Police fired live bullets and lobbed teargas to disperse the crowd, which quickly re-grouped and took positions outside the county offices.