The Star (Nairobi)

19 August 2014

Kenya: Mombasa Cops Pose for Photos With TZ Artiste After Arrest

AFTER popular Tanzanian musician Tundaman was arrested in Mombasa last week, questions have emerged regarding whether the arrest was real or choreographed.

The Mapenzi Ya Dhiki famed artiste was arrested by the Kenyan police officers near the Nyali Bridge but what followed after the "arrest" has raised queries. Minutes after the arrest, his pictures emerged on social media as he posed with the officers. In the photos, the handcuffed artiste was seen in a clear pose with two police officers.

According to Tundaman, who in the past few days has had a series of shows in Likoni, Kilifi and Malindi, he was arrested for speeding and playing loud music. Speaking with Word Is, Tundaman claimed that the officers took him to Nyali Police Station but was never booked for the offenses. He was, however, bailed out by a Mombasa politician-cum-businessman.

"They arrested me on a roadblock and was taken to the station, but I was not booked in," he said.

On realising that the culprit was a popular musician, the officers allegedly became hyper and gave him an opportunity to take several pictures and video clips with them. Soon after, the media items went viral on social media and in Tanzanian newspapers.

The incident is said to have caused panic among the involved police officers.

Kisauni DCIO Joseph Kioko said he was not aware of any such arrest or pictures of his officers with the said artiste.

"I am not aware of the musician's arrest or pictures of my officers going viral on social media. But we will follow up the matter," he said.

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