Opiyo Wandayi, Senator Madzayo among MPs arrested as police foil protests
Azimio la Umoja minority leaders Opiyo Wandayi (National Assembly) and Stewart Madzayo (Senate) were arrested on Monday for participating in the Azimio la Umoja protests in Nairobi.
The two were among leaders who were trying to gain access to the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) to await other Azimio la Umoja leaders for the start of the demonstrations.
However, they were met with a heavy security presence that had been deployed in the area. They were arrested separately, boarded into police Land Cruisers and taken to a Central Police station.
Others arrested are MPs Amina Mnyazi and Ken Chonga.
Their arrest sparked outrage among fellow MPs and supporters of the Azimio la Umoja movement. Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina condemned the arrest and said it was a violation of the constitutional right to peaceful assembly.
“Arresting Coast Leaders will not help! We stand with minority leader Stewart Madzayo. Kenyans must be allowed to exercise their democratic right as per article 37 of the constitution,” he tweeted.
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