Following the Saturday, April 8 paralysis of commerce and transportation in the three counties of Tharaka Nithi, Meru, and Embu, Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kithure Kindiki was forced to take action.

This came about after irate protesters in Chuka Town, Tharaka Nithi County 

, blocked the congested Embu- Meru highway.

The demonstrators were protesting what they considered to be extrajudicial killings.

Locals claim that it all began with the murder of a resident of Chuka Town and the subsequent arrest of two suspects.

After a brief detention, the suspects were released, which infuriated the locals and led to protests.

They used the coffin of the deceased to block the busy highway as they demanded that police re-arrest the suspects.

The Chuka Bodaboda chairman died during protests that turned violent after the locals claimed he was killed by a tear gas canister.

The boda boda chairman identified as Willis Mugambi also known as Kiraku is said to have been shot dead by police officers 

who fired a live bullet and not a teargas canister as earlier alleged.

Mugambi has been described by friends as a huge political mobiliser who hunted for votes for William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance in the region. Tharaka Nithi 

Governor Muthomi Njuki mourned Mugambi saying he was a young leader who had a bright future and the police officer who fired the bullet must be brought to book.

Crowds blocking the highway forced drivers going to the three counties to take alternate routes or cancel their plans.

Kindiki sent detectives to the area to hasten the investigation in order to stop further chaos.

He continued by saying that anyone found guilty of the two murders would not face leniency from the law.

Sourced from Tuko

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