A section of women politicians affiliated to the Jubilee Party has accused Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi’ of dragging the country back to the dark days of Nyayo era by using police to settle political scores.
The leaders led Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Shollei, came to the defence of Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, who on Thursday was released together with her aide Okuto Otieno on Ksh500, 000 bail by a Mombasa Court.
The two were arrested after the death of a man in Ganda Ward following political chaos that rocked a meeting organised by ODM aspirant Reuben Katana.
Shollei took a swipe at CS Matiangi saying, “He will go down in the history of Kenya as the one who took us to the dark days of the Nyayo era when we used to arrest arbitrarily at night for no purpose at all.”
She said Kenyans passed the new constitution to end arbitrary arrests by the police.
“The police had no business going to arrest Aisha Jumwa at 1 am in the morning. She is a senior citizen in this country and it is possible to summon her and she can go voluntarily to the police station. Going to arrest her at 1 am shows extreme malice on the part of the police officers,” she lamented.
Shollei also raised an issue with the number of officers that camped at Aisha’s residence to make the arrest saying police ought to have used reasonable force.
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“No one is allowed to be violent during elections.” – Kandara MP Alice Wahome as women leaders rush to Aisha Jumwa’s defence. pic.twitter.com/5hjFV2nPah
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The Woman Rep further accused police of wrongful detention of the Malindi MP.
“How do you arrest someone and keep them for two days and then tell us that you are still investigating. By the time you arrest someone, you should have concluded your investigations,” she added.
Kandara MP Alice Wahome said the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta is being taken for granted by the police.
“We are being taken back to the back days where people were killed without answers,” Ms Wahome stated.