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Cord leaders denied access to MPs detained at Pangani station – PHOTOS

Cord principals were on Thursday denied access to visit the legislators locked up at the Pangani Police Station.

Principals Raila Odinga, Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka arrived at the station mid-morning but were not allowed to talk to their six colleagues held in the police cells.

Cord principals Raila Odinga and Moses Wetangula at Pangani Police Station. PHOTO | SAMUEL KARANJA
Cord principals Raila Odinga and Moses Wetangula at Pangani Police Station. PHOTO | SAMUEL KARANJA

Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) Junet Mohammed (Suna East), Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete), Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba) and Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati) are being held at Pangani Police Station over hate speech charges.

Homa Bay Women Rep Gladys Wanga told journalists outside the police station of their frustration at not meeting their colleagues.

“They (the Cord principals) have been kept waiting in another room yet they have a right to visit the suspects”, she said.

Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero, Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar and Siaya Senator James Orengo are also at the station.

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero at the Pangani Police Station. PHOTO | SAMUEL KARANJA
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero at the Pangani Police Station. PHOTO | SAMUEL KARANJA

Relatives of the six politicians camped at the police station from Thursday morning to demand to be allowed to see the suspects.

A heavy contingent of anti-riot police has been deployed inside the compound.

Jemimah Muthama, wife of Senator Johnson Muthama, at the police station. PHOTO | SAMUEL KARANJA
Jemimah Muthama, wife of Senator Johnson Muthama, at the police station. PHOTO | SAMUEL KARANJA

Esther Muthama, a sister to Senator Muthama, said they had been stopped from visiting him or offering him food.

“We cannot give him warm clothing because we have been barred,,” she told journalists outside the police station.

Ms Wanga said one of the female MPs locked up at Muthaiga was unwell. She said the Cord leaders will head to Muthaiga afterwards.

Jubilee legislators were however a no show Thursday but spouses of detained Jubilee MPs were at the police station.