Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

top
Capital News
Mathira Member of Parliament Rigathi Gachagua/FILE

Corona Virus

Rigathi cries foul as police disrupt Nyeri burial citing breached virus protocols

NYERI, Kenya, May 30 – Mathira lawmaker Rigathi Gachagua Saturday confronted a contingent of armed police officers over what he termed as biased regulation of social gatherings, the government having prohibited meetings extending fifteen attendees in measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The outspoken legislator, a die-hard supporter of Deputy President William Ruto, was forced to end his address at the burial of Konyu ward representative Erick Wamumbi’s wife, Catherine Nyambura, when police officers disrupted the ceremony citing contravention of COVID-19 prevention protocols.

“The government should employ uniformity in dealing with social gatherings,” he protested citing the flagrant violation of similar restrictions by Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli who hosted dozens of leaders from the western region for a political caucus on Friday.

“Yesterday, we saw Atwoli and others hosting huge crowds why are they denying us yet we are Kenyans like them,” said Gachagua.

The bereaved MCA was forced to intervene amid the ensuing standoff pleading with the officers to let him mourn his wife peacefully.

The outspoken legislator, a die-hard supporter of Deputy President William Ruto, was forced to end his address at the burial of Konyu ward representative Erick Wamumbi’s wife, Catherine Nyambura/CFM – Josphat Mwangi

The ceremony was then hurriedly concluded with Gachagua taking to the podium after the graveside rites to condemn police action which he termed as targeted prosecution of leaders allied to DP Ruto who has increasingly faced resistance from within government in the recent months.

In his speech, he said that people should not be forced to make certain political decision insisting he will take political decisions he feels are right.

“People should be allowed to make their own political decision and already others have done so. Why all this drama,” the lawmaker retorted.

He said that it is unfortunate for the government to apply double standards while regulating gatherings.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Police officers disrupted the ceremony citing contravention of COVID-19 prevention protocols/CFM – Josphat Mwangi

Gachagua said that it was unnecessary for huge contingent of police officers to ward off mourners who are following guidelines set but ministry of health.

Nyeri Women Representative Rahab Mukami who arrived at the burial after the police officers had cordoned off the area was denied entry.

Mukami told press that she was denied entry due to politics since she belongs to the Ruto camp.

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria , Kikuyu’s Kimani Ichungwa and Kiharu’s Ndidi Nyoro, all expected to attend the burial, did not attend the ceremony.

Catherine Nyambura died after she drowned at Hohwe dam.

Click to comment
Advertisement
47447

Corona Virus Data

Kenya

Last Updated: 5 mins ago

Confirmed Cases

0

New Cases

0

Total Deaths

0

New Deaths

0

Total Recovered

0

Active Cases

0

in Critical

0

More on Capital News

World

Cairo, Egypt, Oct 22 – Egyptians go to the polls this weekend to elect a new parliament, which critics say will just replicate a...

BBI

NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 22 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will undergo radical changes in its management structure if recommendations by the...

Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22- Kenya has embarked on a journey to reclaim its position in the space sector to enhance access to services and...

BBI

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – Suppliers doing business with the government will no longer have to chase payments for months or even years if...

BBI

KISII, Kenya Oct 22 – President Kenyatta has urged Kenyans to read and understand the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report unveiled Wednesday. He said...

BBI

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – In a move aimed at enhancing investigations and ultimately successful prosecution of cases, the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report...

BBI

NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 22 – A protracted struggle by medics in the country to have a Commission which will be responsible for setting national...

World

Berlin, Germany, Oct 22 – Germany recorded 11,287 new Covid-19 infections in 24 hours, a sharp jump from the previous day and a record...