Former Naivasha MP John Mututho has called for citizen arrests of all mafia thieves in the country.
A citizen’s arrest is an arrest made by a private citizen, that is, a person who is not acting as a sworn law-enforcement official.
In common law jurisdictions, the practice dates back to medieval England and the English common law, in which sheriffs encouraged ordinary citizens to help apprehend law breakers.
Addressing media at his Jomec Rehab in Nakuru on Friday morning, Mututho stated that those behind corruption scandals in the country are people well known and if the state cannot arrest them then the citizens should be allowed to do so.
He wondered why the government agencies were taking much time without arresting and prosecuting.
It is for this reason that the former Nacada Boss has called on the government to allow Kenyans to make the arrests.
He said Kenyans have continued to suffer as cartels embezzle funds at the Afya House, Kemsa, NHIF through corrupt deals.
“These thieves are people known in the society. We can’t go on like this. There is need for Kenyans to be allowed to do arrests (citizens’ arrests) for those implicated in corruption” said Mututho.
Mututho is however opposed to the move being planned by Civil society groups to hold nationwide demos.
The former Naivasha Legislator says the public should not riot as this will cause more harm than good.
He added that that the thought by USAID to have withdrawal of global fund by a few corrupt individuals is something that should worry every Kenyan of good will.
“We cannot respond to withdrawal of global funds by going to the streets as that will harm us more. But we can now go for the citizens to take up action” said Mututho.