103 people arrested over violent protests at Kericho tea estate

Police in Kericho County have arrested 103 people in connection with demonstrations and destruction of property at the Ekaterra Tea Estate on Monday and Tuesday this week. 

During the Thursday evening operation, 84 motorbikes were also impounded in Kapsaos and Brooke on the outskirts of Kericho town. 

The arrest came a few hours after Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Dr. Abdi Hassan said six people had already been taken to court. 

Hassan warned residents that more arrests would be made. 

“Wale ambao wamezoea hii tabia ya kuvunja sheria eti kwa sababu wako na malalamiko wameguza wrong number; tutafinyana na wao kwa njia ambayo hawajawahi ona maishani mwao,” he cautioned.

“Hatuwezi kukubali uvunjaji wa sheria kwa namna hio. Kuna namna na nidhamu ya kupeleka malalamiko. Tutawakusanya na kuwasomba wapelekwe mahakamani na wafunguliwe mashtaka…na hakuna atakaye sazwa; awe nani au nini!”

Dr. Hassan said the government has beefed up security in the counties of Bomet and Kericho where demonstrations were witnessed.

Demonstrators at Brooke on Monday took to the streets protesting over what they termed as skewed employment by multinationals.

The aftermath of the protests saw three tea plucking machines belonging to the Kimugu tea estate owned by the Ekatera tea company torched and business operations paralysed.


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