Former TV news presenter Betty Kyallo’s good friend, Alinur Mohamed, whom Kenyans online refer to as the ‘Somali Guy’, was arrested in Nairobi on Sunday, 20th September.
Mohamed was reportedly apprehended for holding public meetings in violation of the Covid-19 restrictions. He had on Saturday and Sunday distributed food to street families in Nairobi’s informal settlements alongside top musician Kevin Bahati.
“I have just been arrested while at the Kamukunji Grounds. I don’t know where they are taking me to,” he said earlier in the day.
However, the aspiring politician has this evening said in a social media statement that he has been released.
“I have been unconditionally been released. I am a free man now! No need to panic. No need to fear. I will continue to support the people of Kamukunji constituency at whatever cost. I will not allow anyone to intimidate me in any way. Aluta continua!” Mohamed stated.
Kenyans on social media have condemned the arrest, saying that some senior political leaders have been holding huge public rallies.
Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga have over the past three weekends held political meetings in different parts of the country.
“We’re saying no to police harassment. Where is the offence of distributing food to the vulnerable?” Opondo Charles asked.
With reports that the budding politician is eyeing Kamukunji parliamentary seat in the 2022 General Election, a section of netizens claimed that current MP Yussuf Haji could be working with government machinery to frustrate his potential competitor.
Meanwhile, Bahati has cancelled a concert that he had scheduled for Uhuru Park in Nairobi.
Posting on Instagram, the Mama hit maker said he feared that the police would disperse his fans and possibly arrest him.