Linturi to be arraigned on Monday

Meru Senator Mithika Linturi will remain in police custody at Gigiri until Monday.

He will spend night at Gigiri Police Station in Nairobi to be arraigned in court on Monday.

This even as section of Tangatanga Legislastors faulted the government following arrest of Meru Senator Mithika Linturi.

Senator Linturi was arrested in Eldoret on Sunday morning over suspected incitement sentiments he made during a UDA rally in Eldoret.

He was driven to Nakuru’s Kaptembwa Police Station where he was expected to record a statement before being transferred to Nairobi.

His arrest was confirmed by Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya.

The arrest was not received well by a section of Nakuru Legislastors allied to Deputy President William Ruto.

Addressing journalists in Nakuru Town on Sunday afternoon, the Legislastors led by Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika faulted the government saying it was a move to derail the key agenda discussed at Eldoret UDA rally.

According to Kihika, Senator Linturi’s sentiments were in the context of 6 piece voting partern for UDA and that it was not in any way meant to incite as purported.

She added that several leaders have used the same words used by Linturi before and they were not arrested hence the government should avoid double standards when dealing with issues.

“We are shocked with how this was calculated and executed.Whatever Linturi said was only in relation to 6 piece vote for UDA from President to MCA and did not mean to displace anyone” said Kihika.

Kihika maintained that as leaders in Rift Valley Region, they have continued to preach peace and nothing will derail such.

Sentiments echoed by Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri.

Ngunjiri added that as leaders in the region they will not seek peace from anyone but they will create it.

“NCIC should have investigated first before making arrests.We are peace loving people and we know how to make peace in this region” said Ngunjiri.

Other leaders who spoke during the presser include MP Jane Kihara of Naivasha and her Njoro counterpart Charity Kathambi.


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