Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr.Fred Matiang’I has delved into the last week’s dramatic arrest of Meru Senator Mithika Linturi, stating that his arrest was lawful.
Speaking today while appearing before Senate Committee on National Security, Defense, and Foreign Relations, the CS said that Linturi’s arrest was a result of criminal cases against him.
“Upon invitation, I confirmed to the Senate Committee on National Security, Defence and Foreign Relations that the arrest of Meru Senator Hon. @mithika_Linturi by @DCI_Kenya was, indeed, lawful owing to criminal charges filed against the Senator,” said CS Matiang’i.
Senator Linturi was on last Wednesday afternoon, April 28, 2021, dramatically arrested during a BBI special sitting that later turned out to halt the session for at least 30 minutes.
His arrest was relayed by his Kericho counterpart Aaron Cheruiyot who responded to his distress call while being whisked away to the DCI.
“I want to bring to your attention something that has just happened, which perhaps will require your direction and guidance.
“I received a distress call from one of our colleagues, Senator Mithika Linturi… This afternoon while he was driving to Parliament, he was stopped by gentlemen who claimed to be police officers from DCI,” stated Cheruiyot.
His arrest prompted Senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka to put the Committee on National Security, Defense, and Foreign Relations to find out why senator Linturi had been arrested.
“This is very serious and because of the gravity of the matter and what has been requested, I am suspending the house for 30 minutes, during which time I will use to find out what has happened and even after we find out, I would want to direct the committee on National Security to get into this matter and find out as a deterrent so that this does not happen again to any member of this house,” said the Speaker as he adjourned the sitting.
During his appearance, Dr. Matiang’I revealed that the ODPP returned his file on 9th February 9, 2021, with direction to prosecute the suspects’ Senator Linturi Mithika and Emily Nkirote Buantai.
The two face the following criminal charges:-
Giving false information to a person employed in the Public Service – 1 Count.
Conspiracy to defraud Contrary to Section 317 of the Penal Code – 3 Counts.
Forgery Contrary to Section 345 as read with Section 349 of the Penal Code — 19 Counts.
Personation contrary to section 382(3) of the Penal Code – 1 Count.
Making a false document Contrary to Section 347 (a) of the Penal Code – 1 Count.
Obtaining credit by false pretense Contrary to Section 316 (a) of the Penal Code — 1 Count.
Fraudulently Procuring the Registration of a Charge document contrary to section 157 (1) (i) of the Land Act- 5 Counts.
Intent to defraud contrary to section 348 of the penal code – 3 Counts.
“Honourable Chair, the above 37 Counts are all criminal charges investigated and approved for prosecution and are not Civil at all,” Matiang’i finished.