By SYLVIA WAKHISI
A Kenyan legislator who had been arrested on Monday night has been released.
Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro was arrested on Monday night moments after a live show on a local TV station which was held at St James Cathedral Church in Murang’a.
According to the police, Mr. Nyoro was to be charged with assaulting police officers, resisting arrest and causing disturbance in church.
Reports indicate that drama ensued at a church in Kiharu constituency on Sunday after Nyoro who is the area MP and a member of the Tangatanga team clashed with the Kieleweke team.
The drama started after nominated MP Maina Kamanda, who was the chief guest, invited Ndindi to address the church.
After outlining his development projects, Ndindi declined to hand over the microphone back to Kamanda, insisting that as the area MP, it was his role to invite the leaders who had attended the church.
Ndindi said he respected Kamanda as his elder in politics but noted that it would be wrong for him to invite leaders to the podium in his presence.
“I respect you Kamanda as my colleague in Parliament but you cannot come to Kiharu and proceed to invite guests in my presence. I don’t like fighting but give me the list and I will invite them,” he said as Kamanda stood beside him.
Tension, however, gripped the church after the county police commander attempted to throw the MP out of the church, causing congregants to stand up.
The MP confronted the police boss and a scuffle ensued as his supporters and the other guests confronted each other.
Chaos erupted in Murang’a town moments after the MP was arrested, with his supporters accusing security agents of being biased.
They accused police of harassing and intimidating the MP due to his political stand.
“We shall continue supporting the MP since he is unfairly targeted by the State,” the irate protestors said.
Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata, who is also the lawyer representing Nyoro has said his client has been freed and will not be charged in court.