Nakuru East MP David Gikaria has been arrested over the ongoing clashes in Nakuru town and is being held at the central police station in Nakuru. The MP according to the reports was arrested in connection with a violent round of protests that brought Nakuru to a standstill. Gikaria is said to have arrived in the wee hours of the morning accompanied by a group of youths who alleged that the had come to supervise construction of stalls.
This led to a confrontation between him and former mayor Surraw which attracted the area residents. The standoff saw Transport along the highway paralysed for the better part of the morning before the police arrived. According to the area deputy police commander Kirunya Limbitu, the MP resisted arrest and assaulted a police officer by slapping him before he was prevailed upon.
Traders and matatu operators also engaged police officers in running battles protesting the move by the county government to evict matatus from the town’s CBD. A police Landcruiser windshield was broken during the protests by demonstrators who decried mistreatment by the county government.