Police want orders to detain over 180 anti-finance bill protestors for 21 days

Some of the anti-finance bill protestors arrested in Nairobi CBD presented at Milimani Law Courts. PHOTO/Courtesy.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has filed an application seeking to have 185 anti-finance bill protestors for 21 days to allow them to complete investigations into allegations pf breaking and entering, assault, obstruction among others.

In the miscellaneous application, Police Inspector George Karanja wants the protestors to be detained at Gigiri, Kilimani, Capitol and Muthangari Police Stations.

According to the investigator, the respondents turned chaotic during the demonstrations and broke into several business premises within the Central Business District.

They are also alleged to have assaulted police officers, obstructed police from conducting their duties by barricading the road using wooden coffins and stealing from unsuspecting members of public.

Principal Magistrate Wandia Nyamu also heard that a police motor vehicle was extensively damaged and several officers injured with one sustaining a gunshot wound fired by one of the protestors.

“Investigations into the firearm that was used to shoot one of the police officers during the demonstrations is ongoing and the same is yet to be recovered,” Inspector Karanja added.

According to his affidavit, the investigator alleges that since the respondents were arrested at the CBD, they are at flight risk and might abscond if released on cash bail.

 Some of those arrested are Stephen Munyao, David Thuita, Howard Ojengwa, Job Muraguri, Kennedy Onyango among others.

The respondents are currently represented by 17 advocates including the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Vice President Mwaura Kabata.