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Monday, 24 Oct 2016 18:09 EAT
Nairobi’s Mihang’o Member of County Assembly (MCA) Paul Kados was arrested this morning and taken to the Embakasi Police Station for questioning after he led residents and youths in demonstration that barricaded the Eastern Bypass road which cuts through Utawala and connects Mombasa Road to Thika Road.
The demos started from six o’clock in the morning but police from the nearby Administration Police Training College and the General Service Unit responded quickly and dispersed the youths before arresting the MCA together with some protesters.
Last Friday, the residents had blocked the Eastern Bypass in protest over the move by Kenya Defense Forces at the Embakasi Garrison to dig a drench along the Mihang’o-Kayole road which the soldiers say passes through military land. The road was established from 1999.
The MCA lamented that he had informed the police of the demonstrations saying that the residents are only expressing their grievances since the road was closed without any notice. He said the closure of the road has inconvenienced the residents who have been using it, but have been forced to use the Kangundo road.
Area MP John Omondi has called on the national government to look into the matter as many residents and business people have encountered losses. Police have been deployed to restore calm in the area.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press