On Wednesday, February 8, reports emerged that Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officers were after the former CS Fred Matiang’i.
Local dailies reported officers arrived at the Karen home of the former CS a few minutes before 10 pm and were attempting to force their way in.
In an address to the press, his lawyer Dunstan Omari claimed that the elite officers sought to arrest the former CS.
“My client is holed up as if he is a former fugitive in his own country. This is a former Minister in charge of security and the police. Civility must be retained,
“We can’t have a rogue government that comes at midnight to arrest the former CS,” Omari stated challenging the government to summon him for questioning.
However, Police boss Japhet Koome on Thursday, February 9, said no officer under the National Police Service was sent to arrest former Interior CS.
“I wish to clarify that no police officer under the NPS was sent to former CS Matiang’i residence at all,” the police chief told the Nation.
Addressing journalists at Matiang’i’s Karen home, Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party leader Raila Odinga criticized the move terming it barbaric and a witchhunt.
Raila who joined other leaders in a night vigil to ensure Matiang’i’s security and that of his family questioned why the involved agencies waited to raid his residence at night instead of waiting to resolve their issue legally.
“We are here and we will stand with Matiang’i and anybody else to ensure that the law of this country is respected,
“If Matiang’i has committed a crime that warrants his arrest that should be made public and known to him This idea of arresting senior citizens at this hour of the night is unacceptable,” Raila said.