Nandi Senator has said he was engaged in a confrontation with Interior CS Fred Matiangi on Monday, where the CS vowed to arrest him within 24 hours and true to his words, detectives picked up the Senator on Tuesday afternoon. In a statement sent to newsrooms, Cherargei says he was being intimidated by the state over his remarks telling off the CS to stop intimidating DP William Ruto. He insists the incitement case against him had been thrown out in August.
”Today’s events are a continuation of the primitive method of political suppression by those with access to state machinery against those perceived to be anti establishment,” the statement read in part.
”The executors of this backward strategy have become so predictable to the extent of resuscitating a case written off by detectives themselves 4 months ago ,hardly 48 hours after we called them out for engaging in arrogant politics at the expense of serving the public,” he added.
Over the weekend, Senator Charargei was among the group of Tanga Tanga MPs who were unleashed to attack the Super CS, telling him to join politics instead of using his position in government to intimidate politicians.
”On Saturday without ambiguity I stated that Interior CS Fred Matiangi stands no chance of being elected even a cattle dip chairperson in Nyamira County and therefore has no locus to look at the Deputy President in the eye, leave alone mentioning his name sheepishly,” the Senator said.
On Tuesday, Milimani chief magistrate Francis Andayi after charging the senator of incitement, he granted the senator’s request to be allowed to deposit a cash bail of Sh300,000 instead of spending the night in custody on condition that he provides two contact persons by Tuesday evening.
“I have considered that the accused person has been charged at a time when most banks have been closed. He should therefore deposit his cash bail by tomorrow noon,” he said.
The prosecution did not oppose his release but asked for a gag order, stopping him from speaking about the matter.