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MP Ong'ondo Were arrested for flouting Covid-19 rules

Wednesday July 22 2020
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Kasipul MP Charles Were. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By GEORGE ODIWUOR

Police have arrested Kasipul MP Charles Ong'ondo Were for organising a public gathering in contravention of guidelines issued by the government to slow down the spread of Covid-19.

The legislator was arrested on Tuesday evening by security officers from Oyugis police station who acted on a tip off from concerned members of the public.

Mr Were is said to have been chairing a public meeting at a home in Nyangiela village in his constituency.

The agenda of the meeting was to discuss some of the development projects in Kasipul.

Witnesses claimed the meeting was attended by a large crowd.

Homa Bay County Police Commander Esther Seroney confirmed the arrest.

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She said he was taken to Oyugis police station.

"The matter is being handled by officers from the DCI (Directorate of Criminal Investigations). He is accused of chairing a meeting that was attended by a lot of people at this time when public gathering is discouraged," the officer said.

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Kasipul MP Ong'ondo Were addressing a group of elders at the consistency office in Oyugis Town on December 29, 2019. PHOTO | GEORGE ODIWUOR | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Ms Seroney said the MP may be taken to court depending on police findings.

The police commander also warned politicians in Homa Bay against contravening government protocols.

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