The Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu was pulled out of a polling centre in Malindi during the by-election on Monday for reportedly entering the poll without proper permission – An arrest which caused protest among angry voters.
The MP didn’t stay long in police custody as he was marched to a police station in Malindi for a statement. After penning down his statement, police set him free on a free bond.
The MP is not the only one who has been harassed or arrested for allegedly being linked to electoral malpractices.
Mwea MP Peter Njuguna was reportedly assaulted at Kakiyuni polling station in the constituency. Officials say the Mwea MP was linked to bribery in the by-election.
Regional police boss Francis Wanjohi has revealed that Njuguna was approached by hoodlums and blames a local woman MP for fanning the flame.
The police boss also said that an immediate investigation has been launched to find out who was behind the action. Njuguna was among those working as observers in the election.
Wanjohi later added that reports point at ODM youths as being responsible for harassing and intimidating voters all in a bid to scare them from voting.
Wanjohi explained that:
The former legislator was not bribing voters as alleged.
Wanjohi wrote a statement at Malindi police station.
Another case of arrest involves Philip Etale. The COD’s Communication director was reportedly arrested at the early hours of today after a tip-off that he was attempting to hack the result of the result.
He has been detained for several hours at Kilifi police station.
Police say ODM Communications director Philip Etale will be detained for three days as police have found out through investigate that he handled election material illegally.
After the arrest, Etale was brought to Kilifi law courts on Monday.
Etale was arrested in his hotel room in Malindi for hacking and is also being investigated for reportedly going to Shela, Ganda, Maweni, Kakuyuni and Mutabaha to seek for votes through bribes, Police statement reads.
Francis Wanjohi had earlier said he was seized to undergo interrogation but did not name the particular purpose for the arrest.
Speaking from Israel, opposition leader described the arrest as an attempt to stifle CORD’s mouth and an obvious intimidation to get his party to bow for the ruling party.
Other CORD leaders in the constituency have criticized the arrest, saying that it is an arbitrary one. They are demanding for immediate release of their party’s communication director.