MP Lempurkel once again behind bars for incitement

July 22, 2017 (5 weeks ago) 6:00 pm
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Confirming the arrest, Laikipia Central OCPD Ben Changulo said that Lempurkel will remain in police custody until Monday/FILE

, NYERI, Kenya, Jul 22 – Laikipia North MP Matthew Lempurkel was, once again, arrested on Saturday afternoon by detectives of the Nanyuki police station for allegedly making inciteful remarks during a National Super Alliance rally at which leader Raila Odinga was present.

Ironically, Lempurkel was at the station to record a statement that his life is in danger.

Confirming the arrest, Laikipia Central OCPD Ben Changulo said that Lempurkel will remain in police custody until Monday when he will be arraigned in a Nanyuki court on incitement to violence charges.

Changulo said that Lempurkel has been on the run since July 20 when he made the inciting remarks at Maralal.

According to Segera ward MCA aspirant Yoakim Kulalu, Matthew was arrested a few minutes after recording his statement at the station and later transferred to Naro Moru Police Station in Kieni constituency.

Kulalu who is vying on an ODM ticket said that they don’t understand why he was transferred to Naro Moru yet he was arrested in Nanyuki.

”On further inquiry, he said that he is being transferred from Nanyuki to Naro Moru, I really don’t know why and what transpired,” Kulalu stated.

Lempurkel is alleged to have made the inciting remarks at Mowuarak area in Sossian ward during a campaign rally that was led by NASA principal Raila Odinga.

On Friday, Suna East MP and Odinga supporter Junet Mohammed was also arrested in Homa Bay town on the same charges of incitement.

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