A middle-aged man was arrested in Lamu after causing a scare during President Uhuruspeech on May 20.
During the official opening of the Lamu port, Joseph Kinyua tried to force his way to president Uhuru Kenyatta, a situation which caused the president to almost scamper to safety before his security detail swang into action.
Kinyua has however told police officers in Lamu that he had no intention of harming the president, rather to seek an audience with him.
Armed with his ID card, the Lamu resident wanted to decry the lack of jobs for locals in the newly opened Lamu port.
After hours of grilling, police officers established that Kinyua was not carrying any harmful weapon but just wanted to address Uhuru.
“He was armed with his ID and we don’t think he had an ulterior motive. However, he will be charged with among others, causing a disturbance,” said an officer at the center of the investigations.
Kinyua caused mayhem when president Uhuru Kenyatta was addressing invited guests at the official opening of the Lamu port.
He managed to bypass some of presidential security details, getting a few feet to where the president was standing.
Uhuru’s aide de camp saw the man, and moved to notify other security officers of the threat.
The Head of State also saw Kinyua approaching him and appeared to be readying to take cover behind his security.
A scared president Uhuru embarked to his speech after security officers grabbed Kinyua, who was shouting, hoping that he would hear him.
Before Uhuru’s visit to the region, a section of residents threatened to protest over the lack of jobs.
However, security officers managed to clear the Lamu port area before the event kicked off.
Other than jobs protests, fishermen had also planned a demonstration to push the government to address their grievances, including compensation of KSh1.76 billion for loss of livelihood.
Residents of Lamu have also decried lack of proper transport infrastructure in the region.