Starehe MP Charles ‘Jaguar’ Njagua appeared in court today over incitement remarks on Wednesday. He was flanked in court by Embakasi East MP Babu Owino and musician Ringtone.
He was arrested by DCI officers around lunchtime Wednesday, shortly after leaving Parliament premises and taken to Nairobi police station where he was interrogated for the rest of the day.
The lawmaker was caught while crossing Harambee Avenue to his Continental House office in the company of Butere counterpart Tindi Mwale when police pounced.
Earlier, elite officers from the DCI had camped in unmarked navy blue and green Subaru Outback cars outside Parliament.
They charged at the lawmaker in a dramatic arrest with at least eight plain cloth officers affecting the arrest.
Jaguar pleaded not to be handcuffed which the officers agreed to and was fast whisked into a waiting South Sudan-registered Subaru that quickly drove off.
The government has distanced itself from remarks Jaguar allegedly made against foreigners doing business in the country.
The state in a statement on Wednesday said Jaguar’s “unfortunate exploitation of the freedom of speech to dehumanise foreign communities and incite local constituents undermines the welcoming culture that Kenya is reputed for and has to be condemned.”
Jaguar was captured in a video telling foreigners engaging in business within Nairobi central business district to shut down and vacate the country failure to which they will be forcefully removed. The Nairobi CBD fall within Jaguar’s Starehe constituency.
The MP, flanked by his supporters, had threatened to invade the premises of foreigners, rough them up and take them to the airport where Immigration officials would deport them. Some of the photos taken by Ezekeil Aminga are below;