Police have issued a statement after the arrest of activist Mildred Atieno over inciting the public.
Atieno who is an admin of Facebook group Buyer Beware was on Saturday arrested at her home in Donholm by police from the DCI.
Through a video that she posted on social media, Atieno explained said that over 10 officers jumped over her gate and lobbed tear-gas canisters into her gated home.
They have tear-gassed everywhere, I don’t know why they have come to arrest me, I will not open the door… They have even killed my dogs,” She said.
Kenyans on Twitter condemn the act of the police that saw the activist lose a dog.
In a statement, the police boss explained why they acted the way they did during the arrest.
” Honestly, what would you do if you are a law enforcement officer, and a suspect refuses to let you arrest her over alleged crime? The officers assigned to arrest her followed the lawful procedure – one: identify yourself, two: reveal why you are at the suspect’s premises, three: ask him or her to surrender, four: should he or she refuse, then use any means possible to effect the arrest. That is what we did, and use of teargas to smoke out an uncooperative suspect is not illegal in any way.
“The said-offence is not the only wrong-doing we have arrested Owiso for. She has several other cases in different police stations that we are following up on,” the statement read.
Atieno and her husband John Odhiambo, was released Saturday evening after paying a bond of Ksh 15,000.