, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 28 – Narok Senator Stephen ole Ntutu and four MPs were arrested and taken to the Muthaiga Police Station where they were to spend the night over chaos that took place in Narok, leaving two people dead.
He was arrested alongside MPs Moitalel ole Kenta (Narok North), Korei Lemein (Narok South), Patrick Ntutu (Narok West) and Johanna Ngeno (Emmurua Dikkirr).
The lawmakers were detained after daylong interrogation at the CID headquarters.
They were arrested after heeding summonses by CID Director Ndegwa Muhoro to explain why they ignored a government directive to stop organising demonstrations in a bid to oust Governor Samuel Tunai from office.
The legislators’ lawyer Martin ole Kamwaro said the legislators would face incitement charges on Thursday.
“We have recorded statement with the CID officers. The issue revolves around the peaceful demonstrations and presentation of the petition to the Governor (Samuel Tunai),” he stated.
“Knowing how police operate… they have kept us here the whole day; there will be little fruits in our efforts to bail them out.”
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery had issued a directive barring them from holding any protest while appealing that they give chance to dialogue.
“The government also wishes to point out that when allegations of corruption in Narok County emerged, officers from the office of the Auditor-General as well as the office of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) were swiftly dispatched to the county to investigate,” he said.
“Leaders from the area are advised to resolve their issues through dialogue instead of employing tactics that could escalate into violence.”
Nkaissery said that the corruption claims were already being investigated, saying the residents should wait for the outcome.
“The government has been following closely developments in Narok County and is deeply concerned over escalating levels of tension, which could result into violent confrontations if not contained,” he said.
“In this regard, all leaders in the county should exercise patience awaiting the completion of investigations of alleged corruption.”
As they recorded statements, Governor Tunai was appearing before the Senate Finance and Budget Committee to respond to a petition by one of the locals questioning his integrity.