Laikipia Women Representative Catherine Waruguru has posted a victory message following her release from the Nanyuki Police Station Friday evening.
Waruguru was arrested on Friday afternoon for allegedly inciting operators of Toyota Probox and Toyota Sienta to hold protests at the Sportsman’s Arms Hotel in Nanyuki where Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i was meeting with security officers from the county.
The vocal MP was arrested moments after Matiangi’s departure and taken to Nanyuki Police Station where she was temporarily held together with the ‘low-capacity vehicle’ operators.
The Woman Rep had initially had a verbal altercation with Nanyuki Police Station OCS Abdi Ali over alleged harassment of the operators in the area, following the enforcement of the Traffic Act which bars them from offering public transport services.
“How come it’s only in Nayuki and by extension Laikipia County where Probox and Sienta operators are barred from offering public transport services while the same is on-going in other counties? We cannot allow this to happen,” she had said.
Upon her release, Waruguru took to social media to announce that her mission had borne fruit.
“My freedom has come together with Sienta and Probox operators. They can now operate, ferry people from and within mashinani, but not along the highway. All operators arrested are now free. Nanyuki has become another Kapenguria,” she stated.
In December last year, Transport Principal Secretary Esther Koimetty had announced plans to review the Traffic Act and ease regulations on Toyota Probox and Toyota Sienta in order to allow them to operate as public service vehicles.
There is, however, no word on how far this proposal has reached.