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Blood of police officer who lost his hands is on you, CS Mutua tells protesters

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Alfred Mutua on Wednesday condemned Tuesday’s ‘Occupy Parliament’ protest against the Finance Bill 2024.

Speaking in Narok during the launch of the National Wildlife Census, the CS said the protest ended with a life-changing injury to one of the police officers deployed to contain the protesters.

“As we sit here today, Chief Inspector David Karuri Maina has lost both his arms, today he is disabled, this man is a son, a husband and a father… he has been disabled by the protesters,” he said.

He added that the Kenya Kwanza government was a peaceful regime and that the youth were being misled into unwarranted protests.

“My beautiful young people who are being driven by propaganda, look at the facts, don’t get involved in activism and violence that leads to bloodshed… That officer who lost his hands, his blood is on you,” he said.

According to a police report, the officer detonated a tear gas canister and delayed releasing it, which exploded in his hands, “severely injuring both hands from the wrist down and causing him to lose both forearms”.

Mutua pledged Sh1 million to the maimed officer and also promised further support during his recovery.