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Police warn against roads blockades over detained MPs

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said they are privy to information the group will use trucks to block the road between Athi River and Kyumbi and others areas/FILE

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said they are privy to information the group will use trucks to block the road between Athi River and Kyumbi and others areas/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 16 – Police have warned a group of activists planning to block a section of Mombasa Road Thursday morning to protest the continued detention of Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama and seven other lawmakers to expect counter measures.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said they are privy to information the group will use trucks to block the road between Athi River and Kyumbi and others areas.

Muthama is among eight CORD and Jubilee lawmakers detained since Tuesday over hate speech and have been denied bail.

Boinnet indicated that stern action will be taken against anyone or a group of people who will “inconvenience motorists by resorting to block roads.”

The High Court will on Thursday morning issue reasons for turning down the bail applications for the eight, from both the Jubilee Alliance and CORD facing hate speech charges.

This is after the court rejected pleas to have them released on bail Wednesday.

The ruling was issued after five CORD lawmakers filed an urgent application in the High Court for release on bail.

The MPs were ordered to be held until June 17 when they are due back in court.

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