Police officer arrested for throwing teargas canister during Martha Karua’s rally

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 30 Jun, 2022 20:26 | 2 mins read
Photo used for illustration only. PHOTO/Courtesy

Police have launched investigations into the Thursday afternoon incident in Kisii, where a peaceful political rally led by Azimio coalition presidential running mate Martha Karua was interrupted by a tear gas canister that exploded at the podium.

In a statement, National Police Service (NPS) said that preliminary investigations have established that the person responsible is a police officer.

The said officer is currently in custody to assist in further investigations into the matter.

Tear gas canister
Tear gas canister. PHOTO/Internet.

"Public shall be appraised of the progress of the investigation and subsequent actions in due time," part of the statement read.

Reports indicate that the teargas canister exploded moments as the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition presidential running mate was taking to the stage to address thousands of residents who had turned up.

The Narc-Kenya leader was rushed to safety together with Raila Odinga’s wife Ida Odinga who was in attendance.

Police officer arrested for throwing teargas canister during Martha Karua's rally 
PHOTO/Courtesy
Police officer arrested for throwing teargas canister during Martha Karua's rally.
PHOTO/Courtesy

Thousands of residents who had gathered at the stadium were forced to scamper for safety with some breaking chairs and throwing the meeting into disarray.