Police in Narok were forced to use teargas to disperse suspected anti- Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rally at Mulot area, Narok West Sub-county.
Hundreds of residents who had gathered at the meeting organized by Emurrua Dikirr Member of Parliament (MP), Johanna Ng’eno and several Members of County Assembly allied to Deputy President William Ruto, were forced to disperse few minutes after the meeting began.
Area Sub County Police Commandant, Adillah Jire, termed the meeting illegal as the organizers had no legal documents allowing them to hold it.
“We cannot allow some people to hold a meeting that is attracting hundreds of people without a clearance from the police,” said Jire.
However, the outspoken MP did not show cowardice as he dared to argue with the police, saying he was collecting public views on BBI recommendations for the Kipsigis community.
Nevertheless, the police did not allow Mr. Ng’eno supporters to re-gather as they used more teargas to disperse those who attempted to regroup.
Traffic along Mulot-Bomet highway was temporarily interrupted creating a huge traffic snarl-up along the busy highway.
The Kalenjin leaders alleged being sidelined by the Maasai Community whom they also accused of not giving them a chance to air their views during the BBI meeting held at Ole Ntimama stadium on Saturday.
Three days ago, Mr. Ng’eno in the company of three Members of County Assembly were arrested and later released by police after holding what police termed as illegal meeting at Sogoo area.
Ngeno was nabbed with Ilkerin MCA Stanley Langat and his Ololulunga counterpart Jefferson Langat and were released hours later on a free police bond.
Despite being given warnings by the police to avoid the meetings, the MP said that he will continue with the consultative forums on Friday at his Emurrua Dikirr Constituency
On the eve of BBI rally held at Ole Ntimama Stadium last weekend, Ng’eno and Narok Deputy Governor Evalyn Aruasa led a host of leaders from Kipsigis community to walk out of the BBI stakeholders meeting at Maasai Mara University, citing ethnic profiling.
By Ann Salaton