Kenya – youths invade Nanyuki court to demand MP Lempurkel’s release after incitement to violence charge

Star (Kenya)

Mar. 08, 2017, 9:00 am

Laikipia North MP Mathew Lempurkel's supporters demand his release in a case of incitement to violence, March 8, 2017. /ELIUD WAITHAKA
Laikipia North MP Mathew Lempurkel’s supporters demand his release in a case of incitement to violence, March 8, 2017. /ELIUD WAITHAKA

Mathew Lempurkel’s supporters caused drama at Nanyuki law courts on Wednesday with a demand for his release.

The Laikipia North MP spent Tuesday night at Nanyuki police station following his arrest in Nairobi over incitement to violence.

County DCI boss Isaac Musyoki told journalists that the legislator was detained to help police with investigations after the Sunday killing of Sosian ranch co-director Tristan Voorspuy.

The MP is to be charged today but his supporters said they wanted him released unconditionally.

“Release Lempurkel! Release him!” they chanted as they walked towards the court.

Witnesses said police dispersed the youths before they entered the court room.

Laikipia East deputy commissioner Erastus Mbue told the Star that Lempurkel’s supporters seemed drunk.

“It seems the youths were hired. One of them was found with a beer bottle in his pockets,” Mbue said, adding they were from Majengo slum in Nanyuki.

He said investigations had been launched.

The Briton was shot dead after herders, claiming to be searching for water and pasture for their animals, invaded the ranch.

The DCI boss had said they were “interrogating [the MP] for incitement to violence resulting in murder and destruction of property.”

Lempurkel is facing another charge of offensive conduct and incitement to violence for allegedly threatening an officer at Rumuruti police station on July 16, 2016.

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