Since lawmakers were detained for the past 48 hours for trading in hate speech, Pangani Police Station has turned into a thronging and bustling spot.
The likes of Muthama’s sister on Wednesday arrived at the police station at 6am without knowing that she probably wouldn’t be able to see her brother, Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama.
It is only the spouses, security detail and lawyers to the six CORD and Jubilee lawmakers who were allowed into the cells, as the rest waited outside the police station, metres away from their friends and families. And the spouses of the suspects were allowed in after the intervention of former Minister of Lands, Charity Ngilu.
Officers at Pangani Police Station has said nobody is allowed to give them food. The relatives also said they are more concerned about the fact that the politicians are still wearing the same clothes they had on the day Milimani court ordered their detention.
Since Monday, Muthama’s family and that of other leaders have been preparing special delicacy for them but they have not been able to slip it into the cell.
It is also revealed that the leaders are sharing one cell with other suspects of various crimes. Reports indicate Senator Muthama, Mr Mohammed, Mr Bosire together with Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, fellow Jubilee legislators Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete) and Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati) are freely mingling with other suspects at the police station.
The relatives said the leaders are supposed to be treated well as they belong to the people. The relatives showed a rare sense of unity for the single purpose of getting the leaders out.
Some of their bodyguards were spotted gulping down tea and bread while relaxing inside the expensive cars of their bosses, a luxury that the lawmakers cannot afford, in their current situation.
CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka, were not allowed in as well. Meanwhile the Cord legislators being held at Pangani police station on charges of hate speech have declined to eat food provided by the police station.
The MPs have apparently not eaten anything since they were detained at the station and their families were not allowed to bring them food from home.
More than 8 CORD MPs and hundreds of its supporters who were at the station on Wednesday, said the coalition does not trust the food being given to their colleagues by the police.
Kitui Senator David Musila said the MPs who are behind bars have promised the party they will not eat from the facility but they will continue to fight until they are allowed to eat from outside.