Man Who Almost Attacked Uhuru In Lamu Was Jobless And Frustrated,Police Reveal

KEY POINTS:

  • A middle-aged man who shouted at President Uhuru Kenyatta in Lamu bringing commotion wanted to vent his frustrations of being jobless.
  • The man approached President Uhuru while he was delivering his speech during the official opening of the Lamu Port was armed with his national identification card.
  • Kinyua was protesting the lack of jobs at the newly opened Lamu Port. He wanted to have a talk with President Uhuru over the allocation of jobs which he felt the locals did not receive a considerate share of the available opportunities.

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A middle-aged man who shouted at President Uhuru Kenyatta in Lamu bringing commotion wanted to vent his frustrations of being jobless.

The man approached President Uhuru while he was delivering his speech during the official opening of the Lamu Port was armed with his national identification card.

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The police have revealed his name, James Kinyua Wamuchomba, a resident in Lamu is expected to be presented in court on Friday.

Kinyua was protesting the lack of jobs at the newly opened Lamu Port. He wanted to have a talk with President Uhuru over the allocation of jobs which he felt the locals did not receive a considerate share of the available opportunities.

Kinyua who was among those invited to the event bypassed security agents but was blocked when he was just a few feet away from the president.

The president’s Ade-De-camp noticed him first and was seen moving from the president’s back as he signaled other officers.

They then grabbed him as he shouted at the president.

The president noticed him as he was few feet away from him and appeared startled by the breach as he stepped back.

He apologized saying everyone has his issues and continued with his speech as security teams grabbed Kinyua and removed him from the hall.

He was grilled for hours during which he revealed he wanted to tell the president allocation of jobs at the port was not fair.

“He was armed with his ID and we don’t think he had an ulterior motive. However, he will be charged with among others, causing a disturbance,” said a senior security official aware of the incident.

The incident happened at a time when security officers had cleared the port area to ensure that there was no congregation at the venue of the launch after local youths threatened to hold protests to push the government to give them first priority on jobs.

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