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Update: Friday, July 10: Starehe MP Charles Njagua was acquitted of incitement charges against foreigners. Court declared that the section used to charge him was unconstitutional.
Starehe Member of Parliament Charles Njagua, popularly known as Jaguar, was on Monday, June 29, arrested over alleged incitement of traders at Mwariro market.
"I'm currently at Nairobi Area. The charges against me are unclear though they seem connected to Mwariro Market. I will keep fighting for my constituents. Being a leader is tough but my resolve remains unshaken. Allocations at Mwariro Market have to be fair," he tweeted moments after his arrest.
Nairobi police commander Philip Ndolo, confirmed the arrest and revealed that the legislator was accused of incitement to violence.
An hour before his arrest, the MP, alongside a handful of youth, conducted an inspection exercise of Mogira Road in Ngara Ward. The road connects Dr GW Griffin Road to Park Road.
"It'll help ease business operations for eateries, guest houses, & depots. Parkroad Primary with 1200 pupils & Nairobi Technical Training Institute with 5000 students also lie on this road," he stated during the inspection.Starehe MP Charles Njagua (Centre in a reflective jacket, black pants and blue helmet) conducting an inspection exercise on Mogira Road, Nairobi. June 29, 2020.
The Starehe MP had also inspected the progress of Muthurwa Access road within Muthurwa market.
"Fairview and Northview roads within Pangani ward are amongst the roads whose maintenance will start in about two months time," he said when residents gathered around him during the exercise.
However, according to the latest reports, his arrest is alleged is also said to be in connection to a group of youth who forcefully attempted to take over shops in Nairobi's Grogon area on Saturday, June 27.
On the day, Jaguar sparked a storm on social media platforms when he claimed that National Youth Service (NYS) recruits were demolishing stalls in Gikomba Market that traders had reconstructed after a mysterious fire razed them on June 25.
"GSU officers are also there protecting the recruits. Is this exercise a sign that the govt was involved in the recent fire? Interior PS Karanja Kibicho accompanied by NMS Director-General Badi had promised Ksh10,000 compensation for each trader who had lost property during the inferno. He didn't say anything about the demolition of reconstructed stalls. These actions are, therefore, suspect & insensitive," he went on to state.
"I ask for an immediate halt to this exercise. NYS recruits should go home. Any security officer present in Gikomba should be there to guard the reconstructed stalls and other properties owned by traders. The govt exists to protect property. It should not oversee its destruction," he added.Starehe MP Charles Njagua inspecting the Muthurwa access Road in Nairobi. June 29, 2020.
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