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Police disperse Mathare protesters, deny arresting MP Kariuki over ‘illegal’ voter listing

Police fired teargas to disperse Mathare youths who had barricaded sections of Juja Road on Tuesday in protest.

The residents were up in arms against claims that the area MP Stephen Kariuki was conducting an illegal voter registration.

The protesters claimed that the MP and his brother were allegedly found with 1,000 ID cards at the Constituency’s office in Huruma.

But Starehe OCPD Kimeli said he was not aware whether MP Kariuki or his brother had been arrested over the said allegations.

He said that they managed to clear the blocked road and restored order in the area before the protest lasted long.

The protesters paralysed transport along the route.

A resident, only identified as Justus, told the Star that a youth shared the information on the ongoings at the MP’s office.

This prompted others to storm the premises in pursuit of the legislator and those who might have been involved in the said listing.

“We arrived at the office in time. Unfortunately, Kariuki narrowly escaped but we managed to arrest his brother,” Justus said.

Efforts to get a comment from Kariuki on the allegations bore no fruits as his calls went unanswered.

A source close to the MP said the claims were unfounded and were the work of Kariuki’s opponents who are trying to fight him.

The legislator was elected to parliament on an ODM ticket but later defected to Jubilee Party on whose ticket he is seeking re-election.

According to Justus, Administration Police officers were notified and rescued the MP’s brother who had been held hostage.

Source: The Star

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