Bunge la Mwananchi's George Nyongesa, Okiya Omtatah and 30 others, mostly women, have just been arrested and taken to Central Police Station a few moments ago.
They were part of a demonstration organised today to protest the misappropriation of free primary education funds and protest against the planned compensation of people who own large tracts of land in the Mau Forest. The demonstators had duly notified the police of the planned demonstration which was to culminate in serving a petition from grassroot wananchi on the President and the Prime Minister expressing strong public sentiment on these two pertinent issues. The group was demanding the resignation of the Education Minister and the Permanent Secretary and protesting the planned spending of public funds towards compensating individuals who are holding land in the Mau Forest.
We will continue to keep you updated. However, we encourage you to join us in protesting against the culture of impunity in Kenya. Do come to the Central Police Station and support us in making the voice of the grassroot Kenyan heard on these important national issues.
Bunge la Mwananchi Secretariat