Philip Etale has been set free, hours after police said he will be detained for three days. The ODM’s communication director was bailed with Sh30,000 cash as police say it will take five days to conclude the investigation that he attempted to hack and tamper with the by-election result.
Etale was bundled off to Kilifi police station for reportedly handling election material.
He remained in police custody for a good number of hours and was arraigned at Kilifi law courts the same day he was seized in an intense arrest done by up to 20 police officers.
Police also accused Etale of reportedly going to Shela, Ganda, Maweni, Kakuyuni and Mutabaha in a bid to bribe his coalition to victory by procuring votes with money.
The case will be mentioned on March 16.
Apart from ODM’s Communications director being arrested at his hotel room in Malindi at around 1am on Monday, the party’s youths are getting a backlash for being violent during the election.
This was after Malindi police, speaking through Matawa Mchangi, had revealed that there were reports that ODM youths were troubling and using force on voters to scare them from voting.
Also, 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 really behind the action. Njuguna was among those working as observers in the election.