Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) was the centre of attraction on Thursday (16/11/17) after National Super Alliance leader thronged the airport ahead of Raila Odinga’s return from US.
The police tried to bar the Opposition leaders saying that the airport was a protected area.
Led by Siaya Senator James Orengo and Homabay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga, the leaders stressed they needed to access the airport ahead of their leader’s arrival.
“We must assess the security of the airport ahead of the arrival of our leader Raila Odinga,” the leaders said.
“Let them deploy more officers to carry out a search on us,” added former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale.
Former Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Miguna Miguna was not left behind as he engaged police in a heated argument demanding JKIA’s access.
“Who are you?” the controversial Miguna Miguna asked the security officers.
“Please, please, please, don’t go past that… this is our airport and we must secure it,” said a police officer.
Embakasi East MP Babu Owino, his Ruaraka counterpart TJ Kajwang and Steve Mbogo were also apprehended as they tried to access Kibra Constituency.
Police arrested the leaders on Ngong’ Road as they attempted to enter Kibra’s Kamkunji ground where NASA had scheduled a rally that had been banned by Nairobi Police Commander, Japheth Koome.
The coalition on Monday had invited supporters to a major rally at the Kamukunji Grounds today.
According to Orengo, former senators Khalwale and Johnstone Muthama, the rally was to be a dress rehearsal for the Friday grand welcome.
“We welcome all Kenyans to this grand Thursday rally and the arrival party on Friday. All these are part of our continuing journey of ensuring electoral justice and putting an end to the evil culture of sham elections with pre-determined outcomes,” the NASA leaders said in a joint statement.
Raila, who left the county on Tuesday last week, held several meetings in the US to explain the political stalemate in the country.