Bungoma County Senator Moses Wentagula’s convoy was teargassed by the police at the Kamukuya area in Bungoma County Friday June, 19, after he tried to address a crowd that had gathered around.
It is alleged that police lobbed the teargas canisters to disperse the crowd over social distancing fears.
The lawmaker who is understood to have been on a food donation drive in the area was accompanied by Kimilili MP Didmus Baraza and his Mumias east counterpart Benjamin Washiali.
Police later surrounded Wetangula’s village home as his supporters mobilized to protest against the police action.
The leaders, who later addressed the media, condemned the police for using tear gas to disperse them stating that their right to congregate is guaranteed by the constitution.
“Our constitution is very clear under the bill of rights that there is freedom of association and freedom of movement. Today it was a barbaric incident and we condemn it with the strongest terms possible because we don’t see why all this tear gas was necessary and we were just accompanying him home…” Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa who was in the company of Wetangula complained.
The leaders affirmed that Wetangula had the support of the region and they would not allow anyone to use them for their political gain.
“From today henceforth, Mulembe nation will not be taken for granted. The two leaders that are recognized under the Mulembe nation are Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi. The other generic leaders will not go anywhere”, Wamawla added.
Politicians have been cautioned time and again against flouting the Ministry of Health guidelines amidst the Corona pandemic, which include the ban on public gatherings consisting of more than 15 people.