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The politics of protest

20 September 2007, 17:33

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This piece is an attachment to How Kenya doubled its health budget

The Nation (Nairobi) • 2 AUGUST 2007

“An MP yesterday asked the police to arrest Health minister Charity Ngilu for raiding and releasing a suspect from a Nairobi police station. Mr Joseph Nkaissery (Kajiado Central, Kanu), said he was shocked to hear that the minister had stormed into the police station, on Tuesday night, and released one of the handful of demonstrators, who had earlier been arrested outside Parliament.

“The demonstrators included a former executive officer of Transparency International, who was protesting against plans by MPs to give themselves a staggering Sh1.4 billion golden handshake for serving for five years…

“…If the Bill is passed, each of the 222 MPs will take home a average of Sh5.9 million on the eve of the forthcoming General Elections expected in December….”

The Nation (Nairobi) • 3 AUGUST 2007

“Health minister Charity Ngilu was Thursday night arrested, hours after she was questioned by CID over an incident in which a suspect was freed from police custody in Nairobi. Her lawyer, Mr Paul Muite, who had accompanied her to CID headquarters on Kiambu Road, announced the arrest after six hours of questioning. Her official driver, a policewoman, was also being questioned last night.

“The minister was informed of the arrest by deputy CID director, Mr Gabriel Amata. Said Mr Muite: ‘He informed us that the police would hold the minister overnight. We tried to enquire if she would be presented in court tomorrow (today) but apparently there was no answer. Reports indicated that there were plans to release the minister later in the night….”

— by Fred Mukinda and Lucas Barasa

The Standard (Nairobi) • 6 OCTOBER 2007

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“…A press release from the Presidential Press Service sent to newsrooms last night stated the minister had been relieved of her duties. ‘Honorable Charity Ngilu has been relieved of her duties as the Minister for Health with immediate effect’. read the statement…”

— by Fred Mukinda and Lucas Barasa

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