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3 MCAs among 17 arrested for defying anti-virus rules

Saturday April 18 2020

Police arrest Rware Ward MCA Paul

Police arrest Rware Ward MCA Paul Kanyari (centre) after finding him partying in a residential house in King'ong'o, Nyeri town, defying rules against the spread of Covid-19, April 17, 2020. PHOTO | NICHOLAS KOMU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

NICHOLAS KOMU
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Seventeen people, including at least three members of the Nyeri County assembly, were arrested on Friday for defying a ban on social gatherings as part of measures to fight the deadly coronavirus.

Rware Ward MCA Paul Kanyari was among those apprehended for partying in a residential area in King'ong'o by police officers who had been tipped off.

The merrymakers engaged police in a cat and mouse game when the latter raided a house in a neighbourhood that is usually quiet.

The MCAs and others attempted to flee, with some attempting to jump over an electric fence

Several MCAs managed to escape, leaving their cars behind. A check by the Nation found at least five vehicles belonging to the legislators.

Nyeri Central Sub-county police boss Paul Kuria said the suspects would be charged in court.

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"The law applies equally to everyone; senior or junior, rich or poor. It does not matter who they are; they will face the law," he said.

It was not immediately clear whether those arrested would be under the mandatory 14-day quarantine.