Kenyan MP claims he could have died after police fired teargas inside his car

"If an oncoming car was speeding, it could have run over me."

A Member of Parliament from Kenya’s Opposition party claims that he could have died had he not been rescued from his car moments after it was hurled with teargas canisters.

Saboti MP Caleb Amisi said members of the National Super Alliance (NASA) party had just addressed the media at the party’s Capitol Hill offices in UpperHill, Nairobi when they drove into the Central Business District. Moments later, anti-riot police repulsed them using “excessive force”.

“They lobbed a teargas canister towards my car, which broke the side window. They, thereafter, lobbed another teargas canister into the car through the hole created by the other. Besides me, there were two other people inside the car, my driver and my bodyguard. I collapsed after inhalation of the teargas," said the MP.

He later opened the car's door hurriedly and fell on the middle of the road, leaving the car behind."If an oncoming car was speeding, it could have run over me. Journalists and a water vendor performed first aid on me, which helped me regain consciousness," he told the press.

Amisi said that his driver was forced to immediately drive off, since unknown people had started robbing him. He was later driven away from the scene by journalists.

"I have not visited the hospital yet, given I feel better now. Actually, I am at the airport heading to Kitale. I have also not yet spoken to Nairobi police boss over the incident. NASA supporters were not around me during the 3 pm incident."


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