On Monday, September 11, two controversial politicians were arrested and locked up in jail for the second time in so many months over hate speech related accusations.
Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria and former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama were nabbed in Nairobi and Kangundo, respectively, and were driven to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations HQ for interrogations before being taken to Pangani Police Station.
Among the people who visited the two at the infamous police station was National Super Alliance presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, who said the two leaders were arrested on the orders of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
According to the Opposition leader, Uhuru issued the instructions to Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet, adding that Muthama was not the target, that he was just collateral damage.
“It is now clear that every time someone from Jubilee is arrested, they have to look for someone from Nasa to escort him to the cells. Opposition leaders are being victimized,” the Daily Nation quoted Raila.
He went on to add that the President must play by the rules because they are both presidential candidates. Raila also asked the Jubilee Party to quit intimidating the Opposition supporters to maim his campaigns.
Speaking on the Monday arrests, Acting Interior Cabinet Minister Fred Matiang’i said action would be taken against the leaders to end the culture of diatribe.
“Some people think that if they come from the ruling party (Jubilee Party), the law is not for them. We will be firm. We have stopped talking on what we are going to do, we will do it. We will take action and you will witness this,” said Mating’i while in Nyamira county on Monday, September 11.
By the time of going to press on the morning of Tuesday, September 12, the two politicians were still locked up.