Starehe MP Charles ‘Jaguar’ Njagua spent Monday night at Nairobi Area Police headquarters after he was arrested on allegations of incitement.
Nairobi Region Police Commander Philip Ndolo said the legislator is accused of inciting traders to forcefully occupy the stalls at the newly constructed Mwariro Market in Kariokor.
Soon after his arrest, a handful of the MP’s supporters camped outside the Nairobi Area Police Station demanding his release.
Things later turned ugly as the protesters were teargassed by police.
The Nairobi Regional Commissioner, Wilson Njenga said last Saturday, Mr Njagua mobilised 200 people at the market to cause chaos and demand ownership of the stalls.
“We had a confrontation with some members of the public and police at constructed Mwariro Market, where the area Member of Parliament had led some rowdy people purporting to take over the market,” Njenga said.
The two-storey market in contention was built by the national government using funds from the World Bank.
On Monday, hours before his arrest, the MP was seen in the company of a handful of youth, inspecting works along Mogira Road in Ngara Ward. The road connects Dr GW Griffin Road to Park Road.
After his arrest, the MP said on Twitter that the stall allocation must be fair.
“I’ll keep fighting for my constituents. Being a leader is tough but my resolve remains unshaken,” he said.
The MP is expected to be arraigned in court on Tuesday.
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