Meru Senator Mithika Linturi was arrested on Wednesday, April 28 afternoon before the BBI Bill debate in the Senate.
The house was informed by Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot that Linturi had been arrested just after the morning parliamentary session was dismissed.
“Senator Linturi was with us here in the morning, he made his contributions. Then we have just been informed by Senator Cheruiyot that he has been arrested.My plea to the house is that we find out where Senator Linturi is first before concluding that he has been arrested for participating in this house.” Said Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi.
The Kiambu senator also asked the speaker of the house to make a follow-up on his whereabouts and if it is not established, necessary action should be taken.
“Once that is ascertained, you can proceed by taking the necessary action as the speaker of the house. I believe that in the best interest and to be fair to Senator Linturi, we have the authority to find out where our colleague is. It is possible to do that within no time.” He said.
Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka supported Wamatangi’s request to take action on the matter after establishing the whereabouts of the Meru senator.
“In the next 20 minutes, if Senator Linturi is not here we are going to make a decision,” he said.
Even after the timeline elapsed, the Meru Senator was a no show, leading to the suspension of the debate proceedings.
It is after a short suspension of the sittings that Kimani Wamatangi confirmed that his colleague had a mishap with police officers and had been released shortly after the arrest.
Earlier on, the house had suspended its sittings on Wednesday morning after a number of senators asked to be given more time to read and interpret the BBI bill before debating.
“This report has just been tabled. In your guidance, it would have been better to state how we are going to get a copy of the same. We are required to do proper justice to this important bill,” Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot asked.
This led the speaker to postpone the session to April 28, in the afternoon.