Police in Kisii County dispersed and arrested several youths who were holding a meeting at the Kisii County Deputy Governor, Joash Maangi’s home in Kisii town on Tuesday morning.
Speaking on phone, Kisii County Police Commander, Francis Kooli, said the police are holding some youths in custody to help in establishing the purpose of the meeting besides breaking of Covid-19 rules by congregating without permission from the police.
“The owner of the compound (Maangi) ran away but if someone has run away into hiding, will he not run away for a given period? We do not know the purpose of the meeting. The police are supposed to be informed about any meeting failure to which it may be problematic for the parties involved” Kooli added.
Kooli explained that the purpose of informing police is to ensure that they check whether the venue can accommodate the number of people invited in order to uphold Covid-19 safety precautions and to ensure the safety of the nation.
Speaking at his home at Ogembo in Gucha Sub-county after the incident, Maangi claimed that he was having a chat with his ten youthful friends before police officers disrupted the meeting.
“They were very few and we were following Covid-19 protocol. I respect the law. Everyone wore a mask and observed social distance. Then, from nowhere, a contingent of police came and disrupted the meeting. In the course of pandemonium, am told they arrested most of the youths,” he explained.
Maangi condemned the incident, claiming that police are targeting Deputy President’s associates, linking the event with what happened at Mahoo Ward, Taita Taveta County where officers disrupted the late Member of County Assembly (MCA)’s burial service for not adhering to Covid-19 protocols.
The arrested youths will be arraigned in court, Wednesday, to answer to charges of holding an illegal meeting contrary to the law.