May 23rd 2017

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Mathare MP's brother arrested with 1,000 ID cards

The angry citizens tried to attack Mr Kariuki as well but he escaped in his car, according to eyewitnesses. But his brother who was captured and was saved from the mob only by the police.

By Joshua Mwangangijmwangangi@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 15 Feb 2017 11:11 EAT

A brother to Mathare MP Stephen Kariuki was arrested by the police at Mathare Chief’s Camp last evening on claims that he was registering voters using newly registered citizen’s identification cards. The man was spotted by people who said he carried more than 1,000 identification cards which belonged to newly registered citizens.

The angry citizens tried to attack Mr Kariuki as well but he escaped in his car, according to eyewitnesses. But his brother who was captured and was saved from the mob only by the police. The residents wanted to know whom the cards belonged to and the reason why he was possessing them at that delicate hour when the registration session was about to end.

A fracas ensued between youths supporting Kariuki and their opponents but the police managed to cool the situation by firing teargas canisters to scare the crowd. Later it was discovered that there was a secret registration of voters was taking place in the MP’s office located at Thayu stage along Junja Road.

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