Breaking news update: Nyambane now arrested in front of dais at Nyayo Stadium
- Dear Kenyans and friends of Kenya,Further to my email below, Kenyans have just watched on live national TV as local comedian/radio personality Walter Mongare aka Nyambane has been arrested by the security detail around the presidential dais at Nyayo Stadium. He was attempting to present a petition letter on freedom of press. It is not yet clear where he has been taken after being dragged off unceremoniously.In the meantime, Caroline Mutoko and Mwalimu Mati as well as Jalang'o are still being held in Langata together with 20 other people. More than the previously noted 60 have also been arrested and they have been taken to police stations all over Nairobi.I will continue to keep you updated.Let us remain vigilant!!George NyongesaBunge la Mwananchi+254 720 451 235Website: www.bulamwa.co.keEmail: mwananchibunge@...Skype: mwananchimzalendo
--- On Fri, 12/12/08, George Nyongesa <grnyongesa@...> wrote:
From: George Nyongesa <grnyongesa@...>
Subject: Breaking news: Caroline Mutoko, Mwalimu Mati, 60 others arrested at Nyayo Stadium
Date: Friday, December 12, 2008, 10:16 AM
Dear Kenyans and friends of Kenya,
Caroline Mutoko of Kiss FM and Mwalimu Mati of Mars Group Kenya have this morning been arrested at the Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi. The two have been taken to the Langata police station. 60 other Kenyans are also being bundled into waiting police vehicles and it appears that it is planned to distribute those arrested in various police stations across the city.
The 62 are part of a larger group of Kenyans that had gone to attend the national event at the Nyayo National Stadium as we mark Jamhuri Day today and use the forum to address our leaders, making the Kenyan citizen’s grievances heard.
They were all wearing black T Shirts with the message “No Tax for MPs, No Tax for Us” which is part of the campaign being run in conjunction with Kenyans who care and university students to protest against MPs refusal to pay tax.
The black T Shirt campaign forms part of a larger campaign where Kenyans have over the past few days held demonstrations, rallies, boycotts as they are protesting against the ongoing food crisis, the escalating prices of basic commodities, the high price of fuel and the MPs culture of impunity.
The urgent help required is:
ü legal representation,
ü cash bail for each person arrested,
ü tracing and visiting all the arrested at the various police stations where they have been taken,
ü lobbying for their immediate release, and
ü any other help you are able to render.
I will keep you updated as I continue to receive updates.
Let us all join together to keep up the pressure against the culture of impunity in Kenya and protect our hard earned rights that were so valiantly fought for by our independence heroes.
Together in solidarity,
Bunge la Mwananchi
+254 720 451 235
Bunge la Mwananchi is a social movement and a member of the Kenya National Civil Society Congress