UDA, a party associated with Deputy President William Ruto, has strongly condemned police brutality against its party members after the men in blue uniform stormed a meeting convened by the party at a Meru Hotel.
In a statement to newsrooms on Monday, May 31, party Secretary-General Veronica Maina said police officers invaded a meeting bringing together aspirants from eight counties convened by the party and lobed teargas as well as live bullets.
“The unwarranted illegal action by the police in Meru to disrupt a peaceful meeting organized by United Democratic Alliance is yet another reminder that the law enforcement agency has yet to fully embrace democratic processes,
“Today’s action is part of a continuing trend by the police to harass UDA and its supporters as witnessed recently during the by-elections in Bonchari and Rurii ward, Nyandarua. We strongly condemn the unlawful disruption of a regular UDA meeting,” she said.
According to clips doing rounds on social media platforms, it all began when a police officer asked the aspirants to follow the ministry of health protocols aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19.
Police officers have since dismissed claims they stormed the meeting for political reasons but instead said the meeting was not following laid down protocals.
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According to area police boss, the aspirants were not following the laid down COVID-19 containment measures.
UDA team was further accused of not having been issued with a permit to hold a political meeting.
The government recently burned all political gatherings in renewed efforts to combat the spread of the Coronavirus.