Arrest officers who used live bullets in Narok, says CORD
29 January 2015, 18:10
Nairobi - Officers who used live bullets in the chaos in Narok should be prosecuted, the opposition CORD coalition has said.
The coalition has said that the use of the live bullets and excessive force by police was the real cause behind the chaos that has engulfed the town since Monday.
So far, 2 people have been killed in the chaos.
Senator Stephen Ole Ntutu and 4 MPs have today been charged with the violence that has hit the region, with police stating that they are behind the violence that took place.
But CORD in a statement Thursday, said that the government was behind the violence because they used excessive force.
" We take great exception to the violence witnessed in Narok County in the Monday peaceful demonstration. We are demanding that action must be taken against those who authorised the use of live bullets against innocent Kenyans, whose only fault was to demand for accountability from their elected leaders," a statement read by Tongaren MP David Eseli said.
They also took exception to the stance taken by the government which has centered on the violence instead of the governance issues at hand.
" We are deeply concerned at the tendency by the Jubilee regime to refuse to provide leadership in situations of conflict and resort to violence as a solution. The right to picket and to protest is protected by the Constitution," he added.
Narok Senator Stephen Ole Ntutu and 4 MPs have been released on a KES
500,000 bond each as they await charges for the violence that has taken
place in the county.
The five officials, all from Narok were
charged for their role in demonstration in Narok Monday which led to the
death of two people and injuries to many others.
The Director of
Public Prosecutions DPP had insisted that the 5 not be released until
investigations are complete due to their bad and dangerous behaviour.
The DPP also argued that the four would increase tensions in the region if they are released.
four though argued for their release and were ordered to deposit the
money, as well as report to the Muthaiga Police Station every Monday
until the case is over.
Ntutu together with MPs Moitalel ole Kenda, Jonah Ng'eno, Kolei
Olememei and Patrick Ntutu were detained by the CID Wednesday evening
for their part in the illegal demonstrations over apparent
misappropriation of funds by the Narok County Governor.
2 people were confirmed dead in the demonstrations that eventually turned violent.
MPs and Ntutu had been asked by Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery to head to
the CID and record statements over the demonstrations that had been
declared illegal by his office and the police.
They did so
Wednesday and recorded statements at the Muthaiga Police Station and
despite openly availing themselves, were detained for further
Tension has gripped Narok
town after the area leaders defied the government’s ban on rallies and
demonstrations and staged a demo in the town.
Senator Ntutu lead
other legislators and residents from the County in storming the
governor’s office over allegations of misappropriation of funds
collected from the Maasai Mara Game Reserve by the county government.
said that the demonstrations would go on as they are not a threat to
the security but they rather want to present a petition to the governor
Kuntai ole Tunai.
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