Narok residents protest arrest of leaders, paralyse traffic


Stephen Ole NtutuPeople protesting the arrest of Narok leaders Wednesday paralysed traffic along the Narok-Bomet highway demanding their release.

More than 200 people blocked the busy highway and demanded the release of Narok Senator Ole Ntutu and four other MPs who are being held at Muthaiga Police Station over Monday violence in the county.

The mob barricaded the highway at Ololulung’a and Katakala areas from 6pm to around 9:30pm Wednesday before the police dispersed them and arrested dozens others.

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Some of the men in the group who did not identify themselves said that the Monday demands for the ousting of Narok Governor Samuel Tunai was a political and not a criminal matter and that the two leaders should be released immediately.

Narok County Commissioner Kassim Farah said he could not comment on the incident as he was en-route to Narok from Nairobi and was yet to get all the facts.

“I will give an official statement on the demonstrations after I have been fully briefed. I do not yet have the exact number of the people who have been arrested,” he told via the phone.

Mr Ole Ntutu and Patrick Ntutu (Narok West), MPs Moitalel ole Kenta (Narok North), Korei ole Lemein (Narok South) and Johana Ngeno (Emurua Dikirr), were arrested after they went to record statements at the CID headquarters over the Monday incident.

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