Police in Maua, Meru county have arrested ten suspects accused of disrupting Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza’s political event on Sunday, September 17.
According to the police, the suspects are set to answer various charges including taking part in an unlawful assembly; malicious damage to property, and assaulting Police Officers who were attempting to quell the protests.
“The National Police Service reiterates its commitment to the maintenance of law and order.” the police said in a statement.
The suspects are accused of slaughtering a cow and burning mattresses that had been donated by the Governor, through her Okolea Project.
Members of Meru Bongo and Rhino Conservation Trust(left) meet Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza(right) on February 16, 2023.
Hon Kawira Mwangaza
Kawira initially accused a senior politician from the County for the wrangles that attracted national headlines.
The incident also left eight NPS Officers seriously injured after being pelted with stones by the attackers.
Four vehicles among them, County Government and Police vehicles were also destroyed.
The police were also forced to pelt teargas in order to disperse the demonstrators who violently threw stones at them. The law enforcement personnel had erected barricades in roads leading to Meru Town as the situation escalated.
This news comes barely hours after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations(DCI) summoned the Meru Deputy Governor over the chaos.
Governor Mwangaza and her Deputy Isaac Mutuma, have been at loggerheads, with the latter accusing his boss of incompetence and nepotism.
So deep was the fallout that President William Ruto had to dispatch Deputy President William Ruto to mediate between the two leaders.
However, the Governor has in most occasions downplayed the differences with her Deputy choosing to say that the rift has been blown out of proportion.
Protests during Governor Kawira Mwangaza on September 17