Police fired tear gas as they forcibly dispersed a crowd at a meeting of opposition MPs in Malava (Kakamega county) on Saturday, June 20. Over 20 MPs from the Forum for the Restoration of Democracy-Kenya (FORD-Kenya) party planned to gather at the home of Malava MP Malulu Injendi, including party leader Moses Wetangula, to discuss strategy on the party's political direction ahead of the 2022 presidential election. A large crowd of supporters gathered outside the MP's home as the politicians arrived. Anti-riot police reportedly set-up roadblocks preventing some MPs from attending the meeting. They warned people to disperse as the gathering contravened social distancing guidelines in place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, before firing tear gas at the crowd and the politicians.
Further unrest is possible in the area over the near term.
Individuals in Malava are advised to monitor developments, avoid demonstrations, anticipate a heightened security presence near protest sites, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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