Student leaders affiliated with Azimio La Umoja, were arrested on Saturday, March 18, while holding a press conference in one of Nairobi’s hotels.
Police accused the students of holding an illegal meeting to advise their followers before the Monday, March 20, demonstrations.
Detectives were said to have stormed the hotel before the presser could get underway.
Nearly 50 student leaders were handcuffed, with some bundled into waiting vans pending being charged and arraigned on Monday, March 20.
From left: Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Narc Kenya Leader Martha Karua, Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka, and Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina salute their supporters during a rally in Migori County on March 10, 2023.
The students serving under the Kenya University Students Organization (KUSO) umbrella were set to give directives to other student organisations across the country.
Another contingent of police officers later arrived at the police station and moved the students to Central Police Station, where they were grilled.
The student leaders agitated against the arrest, noting that police officers were clearly violating their right to associate and express themselves without fear of reprisal from the government.
Central Police officers later processed the students who may spend the weekend at the station.
While addressing a public baraza on Tuesday, March 14, Azimio leader Raila Odinga unlawfully declared Monday, March 20, a public holiday.
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