, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 15 – The County Assembly Member representing Nairobi West ward Maurice Gari Otieno has defended himself over his arrest for allegedly receiving a Sh280,000 bribe from a city businessman.
Gari who was arrested by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission officials together with his colleagues representing Makadara and Komarock, explained that his was a case of mistaken identity.
He indicated after being interrogated for close to two hours, it was established that he was innocent and was released.
“On my part I was clean since I had just greeted the guy who was seated there (at a city restaurant where the arrests took place) who is an honourable member, I could not have passed him so I decided to greet him,” he said.
“We were three when they arrested us but after interrogating me, I was set free since I had done no crime,” he stated.
He called for thorough investigations before any arrests are made and pointed out that he would institute legal proceedings against the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission for arresting him and tarnishing his name.
“When they found that I had nothing to do with the allegations, they set me free. It was around three hours later. This amounts to harassment and defamation of character. It has gone through the media and everyone is calling me saying that I was taking a bribe of Sh10 million at a hotel,” he said.
“I must take legal action since this is defamation of character. I want it to be an example to the anti-corruption agency so that they can do proper investigations first before making any kind of arrest.”
EACC Spokesman Yassin Amaro had told Capital FM News on telephone, soon after the Members of County Assembly were picked up that Gari together with his colleagues were to be arraigned in court on Friday morning.
Amaro said that they were receiving a bribe which would be used as evidence in court.
According to Amaro, the MCAs had demanded Sh400,000 from the contractor who offered Sh280,000.
The EACC has lately intensified the war on corruption in the counties, following corruption complaints.
EACC Chairman Mumo Matemu has warned that no one will be spared in the war against corruption in all sectors.