Police release buses ferrying NASA supporters

One of the Modern Coast bus, which was ferrying Nasa supporters, that was held at Voi Police Station. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Taita Taveta, KENYA: The police have released three buses ferrying Nasa supporters from Mombasa that had earlier been seized for alleged traffic offences in Voi, Taita Tavetata.

The buses were among six that were on Monday evening flagged off by Mombasa County Speaker Harub Khatri, before they left Mombasa for Nairobi ferrying the supporters to attend the swearing-in of Nasa leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka.

The buses were allegedly stopped at Voi at around 3am, this is according to one of the supporters.

According to Voi OCPD Joshua Chesire, the vehicles were seized for alleged traffic offences.

“The buses had 82 passengers who also had not adhered to traffic rules. Most of them are youth of whom 10 did not have ID cards. Among them are four women,” Said Chesire.

The buses were released at 8am on Tuesday, with Mr. Chesire saying they could proceed with their journey.

Accompanied by Mombasa County ODM Chairman Mohammed Hatimy, Mr. Khatri told journalists that they had made arrangements to ensure that the supporters reach Nairobi in time for the swearing-in ceremony.

“We will have at least 50 buses transporting about 3,000 supporters. This is the beginning of the journey to Canaan and the God willing in the morning we will arrive in time for the Swearing in of Raila Odinga.”Said Khatri.

Meanwhile, in Nairobi NASA supporters are already at Uhuru park despite an earlier warning by police for them not to gather at the park.

A spot check by Baraka FM on Tuesday morning saw that police who had arrived earlier, later left the premises and the supporters were able to access the park.

Earlier in the morning, a beehive of bees was spotted placed behind the Dias at Uhuru Park, even though the motive of it being their remains a puzzle.

It was later displaced and burned for fear of distracting event.

It is still not yet clear who had taken the bees to the grounds or the motive behind the move.

On Monday, Nairobi Regional commissioner Bernard Lepermarai stated that police officers would patrol the city to ensure Kenyans were not blocked from going about their regular activities.

Additional reporting by Michael Mbugua