Police in Kirinyaga arrest 33 worshipers after they resist arrest demanding bible verse forbidding gatherings

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BY CORRESPONDENT,21ST APRIL,2020-Police in Kirinyaga county have arrested a pastor and 32 congregants at Ngurubani market in Mwea-East for failing to adhere to the government’s directive on public gatherings.

Mwea-East Police Commander John Onditi said members of the congregation had resisted arrest demanding that officers quote a bible verse that forbids worshippers from gathering.

“These people were in someone’s house, obviously in very squeezed space, this is very wrong and goes against the rules of social distancing,” Onditi noted.

Among those who were finally arrested were nine children who were allowed to go home while 25 adults were marched to the Wang’uru police station.

It is not clear whether the worshippers will be sent into mandatory quarantine like in similar cases across the country.

In a separate incident, eight people were arrested at the Piai trading centre in Mwea-East drinking at Roasters club within the shopping centre.

Among those arrested, according to reliable sources was a police corporal and a National Intelligence Service (NIS) officer from Kirinyaga and Embu respectively.

Officers from Wang’uru police station were alerted by members of the public that a bar owner and security officers were flouting government’s directives.

The latest comes amid warnings from government agencies that anyone caught outside during curfew hours will be assumed to have contracted the new coronavirus.

All the arrested will be taken into mandatory quarantine at their own cost for 14 days.

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