MCA locked up for lead­ing demo over closed road

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nairobi -

Mi­hango MCA Paul Ka­dos yes­ter­day was ar­rested and locked up at the Em­bakasi po­lice sta­tion for lead­ing res­i­dents in a protest against the clo­sure of the Mi­hango-Kay­ole road by the Kenya De­fence Forces. The road cuts through the bar­racks’ land and it is the only link between Mi­hango and Kay­ole vil­lages. It was built in 1999.

The protest be­gan at 6am. “There has never been a prob­lem between us and the sol­diers. We were sur­prised to wake one morn­ing and find the road had been blocked,” res­i­dents said. Po­lice ar­rived and dis­persed the crowd. They ar­rested sev­eral res­i­dents for un­law­ful assem­bly.

But Ka­dos said po­lice were no­ti­fied of the protest. “It’s un­fair to ar­rest us, yet we have the right to protest against the bar­baric ac­tions of KDF of­fi­cers, who dug a trench right across the road. Res­i­dents have no al­ter­na­tive,” he said on the phone from the po­lice cell.

On Fri­day, res­i­dents bar­ri­caded the Eastern By­pass. KDF is yet to is­sue a state­ment on what in­formed its clo­sure. Area MP John Omondi said clos­ing the road was in bad faith and will trig­ger an­i­mos­ity between res­i­dents and the sol­diers.

/CHRISPINUS WEKESA

Mi­hango MCA Paul Ka­dos gives bur­sary cheques to res­i­dents on May 11

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