Senator Linturi summoned by DCI after dramatic arrest

Senator Linturi summoned by DCI after dramatic arrest

Meru Senator Mithika Linturi says he has been directed to appear before the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Thursday morning.

This comes after he was dramatically arrested under unclear circumstances on Wednesday afternoon. He was later released following an uproar from Senators, who threatened to boycott debate on the BBI Bill which was scheduled to happen just before the arrest that happened after an adjournment to allow the legislators read the Bill.

When the Senate reconvened, Linturi was given a chance to tell the House about the reported arrest and it is then that he disclosed that he was dramatically seized from his home in Nairobi by armed DCI officers who were in three vehicles.

“The few hours I have been in the hands of my good brother Kinoti has not been one of the best experiences to say the least. But I must thank this House who have seen it very necessary to stand up and be with me…not because I am not answerable to agencies investigating any matter or that I am not supposed to be arrested,” said Linturi.

The Meru Senator condemned the manner in which he was arrested, wondering why the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti would not have summoned him before the arrest.

“I find it very absurd. I would have been summoned to go to the DCI on Monday or yesterday or any other day but doing it today is what is very painful. When I left here and went to my house after reading the Bill, I found police officers in three vehicles brandishing guns wanting to arrest me. I don’t think I deserve such a treatment,” he added.

“Mr Speaker we require to be treated with dignity we require to be told whenever we have done anything wrong or something is being investigated to appear and shed light. I can’t leave Kenya. I’m elected. If I was to run away I would lose my seat.”

He further disclosed: “I have been told to appear tomorrow at 9am.”

I could have been called to go to the DCI any other today…But they called me today…I found 12 police officers, brandishing guns at my house who wanted to arrest me. I thank Senators for standing with me

— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) April 28, 2021



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