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Man battered moments after handing gifts to Uhuru

By Vincent Kejitan | Oct 23rd 2019 | 1 min read

A man in Mombasa is nursing injuries after he was clobbered by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s security detail.

James Waweru, an artist, joined a group of Isukuti dancers during Mashujaa Day celebrations at State House Mombasa and his plan was to get the attention of the Head of State.

He succeeded in this and got a chance to hand his pieces of work to the President.

According to him, President Kenyatta promised to ‘see’ him after the event but things quickly turned when he queued up for food.

“Hapo ndipo niliskia nimebebwa juu juu, nilivamiwa na wanaume, wakaniangusha mbele ya mtu, wakanipeleka nje wakaninyeshea na mateke na miti,” loosely translating to, it was at this point that the presidential guards started manhandling me…they dragged me outside and beat me up,” he said.

Waweru added that he was later taken to the police station where he spent the night for causing disturbance.

He was released on Monday and was forced to seek medical attention as he was in a lot of pain.

The artist stated that the force used on him was too much considering he had an invitation card to the ceremony.

He, however, maintained that he will still hand in his remaining pieces of art to the President.

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