Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua now claims that police are frustrating him by making his daily operations in his constituency difficult.
Rigathi alleges that he has, on several occasions, been barred from conducting his duties as a member of parliament, with police storming his functions before they even start.
MP Gachagua says that last week he was stopped from accessing a secondary school in Mathira West, where he had gone to oversee an ongoing CDF project. On Sunday, August 1, the lawmaker claims he was denied entry into a church around.
“I am fully aware that all my movements are being monitored in an attempt to frustrate me and to make me change my political stand. But let those people doing it know that I am not going to change,” he said.
According to the MP, his strong support for Deputy President William Ruto presidential bid is the source of his tribulations, insisting that intimidation by the State will not sway him otherwise.
Rigathi was last week forced to cut short his address to traders at Karatina Market after anti-riot police lobbed teargas to disperse the crowd.
County commissioner dismisses Rigathi’s claims
Nyeri County Commissioner Loyford Kibaara has, however, refuted the claims by the MP. Kibaara says that Rigathi is an attention seeker who has gone off track.
Kibaara says that Rigathi, in a bid to court sympathy, has been deliberately flouting COVID-19 regulations by trying to gather people for political meetings only to later whine when the police come in to enforce the law.
“We are not going to allow anybody, Hon. Rigathi included, to break the law so that we can remain in their good books. We are always ready to act accordingly regardless of your status in society,” said Kibaara.