A Kiambu Member of County Assembly is being detained for driving a vehicle with a portrait of Deputy President William Ruto in full military fatigue.
Weitethie MCA Macharia Taki was arrested alongside his driver, George Kiarie, for depicting Ruto as the commander in chief.
His van further displayed graphics of the Coat of Arms and the national flag.
The vehicle, a Toyota Hiace, has been detained at the Juja police station.
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Police said the MCA and his driver will be arraigned at Thika chief magistrate’s court for contravening Section 3(a) law on the national flag, emblems and names Act.
The developments have elicited diverse reactions from Kenyans online.
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Here are some reactions
Dear police. I am also using the same portrait of HE Dr @WilliamsRuto as my Screen paper.
What does that mean?
"Weitethie MCA Julius Macharia"
— Kimaru Kogo (@KogoKimaru) May 28, 2019
This is very bad and should never be allowed in our country. Displaying ones image is not bad but using such military fatigue means a lot of assumptions including overthrowing the government
— Kamau Wamarugu (@wamarugu) May 28, 2019
@RailaOdinga was sworn in as President that amounted to treason, he was not arrested nor prosecuted, This MCA here is being arrested in juja just for being creative. Cc @IG_NPS
— joshua letting (@joshuakipkosgey) May 28, 2019
The vehicle always parks next to witethie police post for the past one year….late arrest decision
— Goddy (@godfrey_wfl) May 28, 2019
Kenyan's are sick obsessed and possessed "Juja police arrest Weitethie MCA Julius Macharia for driving a vehicle with portrait of DP in Military Uniform".
~The Level of Desperation has gone beyond repair!!!#Kitaeleweka pic.twitter.com/ve4o6g65ls
— Gideon Kitheka Jnr. (@Gideon_Kitheka) May 28, 2019