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Police officer arrested for throwing teargas at Martha Karua Kisii rally

National Police  Service now says they have arrested a police officer believed to be behind the teargas explosion that prematurely ended the Azimio rally in Kisii County.

Azimio Presidential running mate Martha Karua and Mama Ida Odinga had attended a rally at Kisii Stadium when the teargas explosion threw the meeting into disarray.

Karua had taken to the podium to address the rally when the explosion occurred.

She was forced to exit the podium and walk back to her car leaving the venue of the meeting without addressing supporters. 

In a statement, police say preliminary investigations have brought one person to book.

Nyanza Regional Police Boss Karanja Muiruri confirmed that the officer was transferred to Kisumu Central Police Station cells on Thursday night.

According to the police boss, the officer identified as Josephat Makori was off-duty and had not been deployed at the event.

“Josephat Makori of Kisii Police Station was at the scene in civilian clothes and was not deployed there, is the one who dropped the teargas canister. This was witnessed by members of the public who beat him up accusing him of why he was spoiling their meeting. He was rescued by fellow police officers,” said police.

Karanja says the officer who’s based at the Kisii Central police station has been directly linked to the incident that saw the meeting disrupted and leaders escorted out of the Gusii stadium for safety.

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