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Police get bashed on social media for interfering with NASA's Jacaranda memorial service
By Wambui Mbuthia | Updated Nov 28, 2017 at 11:30 EAT
Nairobi Police boss Japheth Koome
  • Kenyans on social media have expressed their disappointment in the police after the latter prevented NASA supporters from accessing Jacaranda Grounds.
  • NASA leaders and supporters are to hold a mass memorial service for those who died on 17th and 21st November.
  • Police boss Japheth Koome had warned supporters of attending the service.

Despite the call to keep off Jacaranda Grounds in Embakasi by National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders, the police arrived with tear gas and kept supporters from accessing the venue.

This happened on the morning of November 28 when NASA supporters had been asked to join leaders in a mass memorial service for 29 victims of alleged police brutality.

NASA CEO Morman Magaya had earlier echoed NASA’s advocate E. Sifuna and Associates sentiments that police should leave the memorial service in peace.

Unknown people dumped waste at Jacaranda Grounds yesterday ahead of today's service.

Nairobi Police Commander Japheth Koome had warned NASA of holding the meeting on the same day since the inauguration ceremony for President-elect was happening at the Kasarani Sports Complex.

NASA sent a video of the happening on their Facebook page.

Kenyans on social media didn’t like the turn of events and most bashed the police for stopping the memorial service.

Lakini whats wrong with just letting NASA do their own thing? Nairobi is big enough #NASAMemorial— iam.muriithi (@Iam_mugambi) November 28, 2017

If police were not notified of the assembly at Jacaranda by Nasa,how did they know to deploy many police to the venue?Hope the police have come to protect Nasa supporters and not to disrupt their assembly. #NASAMemorial— Just Arnold (@Arnoldwangs) November 28, 2017

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,the rogue police officers should give us peace as we mourn our fallen soldiers #NasaMemorial— Hon. Mark Nyamita (@nyamita1) November 28, 2017

You cannot beat people into submission
You cannot teargas people into acceptance
You cannot terrorize people into unity
If you have to do this already you've failed.#InaugurationKE #NasaMemorial— Schea Of Sheba (@scheafferoo) November 28, 2017

No wonder our police force is so lowly ranked in the world. From its top echelons to the new recruit the level of brazen ignorance and crudeness on how to handle crowds is appalling.— James Nyiha (@JamesNyiha) November 28, 2017

Me sometimes I get angry when I see police being deployed in area where NASA wants to hold a rally. The same police are the ones who cause chaos after/before and brand NASA as a chaotic. I am angry at this pic #NASAMemorial #InaugurationKE— Kelvin KALZ (@KALZkelvin) November 28, 2017

Today Kenya police is swearing in their commander, I don't think the high alert here at Jacaranda is necessary . They should be matching towards Kasarani to witness their big day— Stephen Yuri (@StephenYuri4) November 28, 2017

The entire police are acting in astupid manner,they should act as professionals not militia, how can you deploy an Apc because of one individual? @JBoinnet you act as a militia commander so shameful.— Nelson Namonywa (@nellobando) November 28, 2017

On a personal level I steadily think that if the government would have allowed the jacaranda rally to go on without bringing the police to disrupt it.., it would have been peaceful— maami???? (@trizzeranyango) November 28, 2017

What's so illegal about a mere memorial service... It is detestable. They have a constitutional right to be there..... Or is the government afraid of NRM...— mercy muchiri (@mercymuchiri15) November 28, 2017

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