Policeman charged with attempting to injure Martha Karua with teargas

The officer had allegedly not been deployed to the event as he was not on duty

Azimio La Umoja presidential running mate Martha Karua addresses a crowd in Nyamira County on July 1, 2022

Josephat Makori, a policeman believed to be behind the teargas explosion that prematurely ended an Azimio La Umoja rally at Gusii Stadium in Kisii County yesterday has been charged with an attempt to injure by explosive.

According to a police report, the teargas canister blew up just immediately after Karua stood to address the gathering which forced her to leave the venue as the crowd at the stadium scampered for safety.

The unfortunate incident prompted police officers providing security at the event to evacuate Karua and other politicians to safety.

Despite the fact that Makori pleaded not guilty he is set to be detained for 10 days after being arraigned before a Kisumu court on Friday.

The policeman will be remanded at a police station in Kisumu after he claimed that his life is now in danger.

Karua who is Raila Odinga's running mate was forced to cut short her political rally at Gusii Stadium in Kisii County after a teargas canister exploded near the main podium.

The unfortunate incident prompted police officers providing security at the event to evacuate Karua and other politicians to safety.

It was not immediately established who lobbed the teargas canister at the crowd that had turned up at the rally, put them and the Deputy Presidential candidate in danger.

Later on, Nyanza Regional Police Boss Karanja Muiruri revealed that Makori had not been deployed to the event as he was not on duty.

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

Karua and the Azimio team had been camping in Western Kenya, drumming support for their coalition ahead of the August General election.

Before arriving at Gusii stadium, Karua had accompanied Raila Odinga’s wife Ida Odinga to launch the Kisii Gender-Based violence Center.

Although the Azimio la Umoja rally ended prematurely yesterday the Narc-Kenya party leader went back to the region saying she had unfinished business.

I am not a person to be intimidated by a little smoke. That is why I am back in Gusii land to show them that I will not be swayed by hate. I am at home and I cannot be chased away from my home. I am back to say what I had planned to say,” Karua said.

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