Gatundu South residents call for the release of Moses Kuria

By: PENINAH NJAKWE

Gatundu South residents on Wednesday lit bonfires to protest against the arrest and detention of MP Moses Kuria over incitement to violence.

Kuria was denied bail when he appeared before a Nairobi court on Wednesday over “panga” remarks he made on June 26 at Gatundu Stadium.

“There have been others who were caught saying more inciting and despicable words,” resident Mwangi Kaniu told journalists.

“However, no such action has been taken against them.”

Kuria was scheduled for another appearance today.

However, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga ordered courts not to open today.

Kuria is to remain in custody until Monday.

“We thought we would enjoy the Pope’s visit but now it’s terrible with our MP in custody,” Kaniu said.

Business at the Gatundu taxi bay was disrupted as residents protested.

Residents said they will keep up the protests until the legislator is freed.

They threatened to march to Nairobi to have him released.

The Director of Public Prosecutions is being used by some people to silence the MP, the residents said.

Resident Boniface Wanyoike said the legislator should not have been locked up, saying the offence is bailable.

“Why is it only Kuria being denied bail while others like Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama and former Nairobi mayor George Aladwa are still walking scot-free?” he said.

“This is unfair. We call for the immediate release of our MP.”