Police in Kilimani on Tuesday arrested a man for allegedly blocking President Uhuru Kenyatta’s convoy on State House Road in Nairobi.
The suspect, identified as Uvinalies Nyabuto, is said to have blocked Uhuru’s convoy at around 2 pm Tuesday. He was holding up a placard seeking to join the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF).
The placard read: “Your Excellency, kindly offer [me] a chance to join the Kenya Defence Forces. [I] am sorry for disrespect[ing] your security (sic). Please, Mr President. Nyabuto.”
The incident occurred when President Kenyatta was heading to State House from the KICC, where a two-day 9th African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) summit was held.
Police officers immediately arrested Mr Nyabuto and locked him up at the Kilimani Police Station. They also confiscated his placard, police said.
This is not the first time a Kenyan has landed in trouble for obstructing the President’s convoy.
In January of this year, one Collins Ochieng Obado was arraigned in court after he blocked President Uhuru’s motorcade on Mama Ngina Drive as the Head of State made his way to State House, Mombasa on December 31.
Ochieng had also carried a placard containing a portrait of Mr Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.
The placard read: “The Golden Handshake, Amani, Umoja, Upendo na Ushirikiano”.
In mitigation, Mr Ochieng said he was only looking for an opportunity to show President Uhuru a portrait with a view to securing a job.
“I am still young, energetic and jobless so I don’t want to waste my time stealing from people or engaging any criminal activity. I wanted him (President Kenyatta) to see the portrait so that from it he can help me to find a better job,” he said amid laughter from a fully packed court.
“I don’t want to be a beggar in the street because I am still energetic and vibrant. I need a job so that I can sustain myself, my family members and the entire society, that is why I displayed the placard to attract the attention of the President,” he added.
In his ruling, Mombasa Senior Resident Magistrate Erick Mutunga described Mr Ochieng as a patriotic Kenyan who was spreading peace.
The magistrate noted that Ochieng’ had not committed an offence by displaying the placard which contained a message of peace.