DCI boss Amin Mohamed has accused former Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i of stage managing a siege at his Karen home on Wednesday night.
While addressing the press on Thursday evening, Amin said that no officers from the agency were sent to the former cabinet secretary’s home terming the alleged siege as a false alarm.
“No officers from the DCI were deployed to find or arrest Dr. Matiang’i at his residence or anywhere else. For the record, I can confirm that none of the cases under investigation so far have reached the stage, which requires the assistance or attendance of Dr. Matiang’i.
According to the DCI boss, preliminary investigations indicate that there was a deliberate attempt to spread false information and incite public fear.
“According to our investigation, activity began building up at Dr. Matiang’i’s home on Wednesday, 8th February 2023 at 8 PM Kenyan time. Initially, Dr. Matiang’i informed his guards that he was expecting guests, who were lawyers, and instructed them to grant access to his home upon their arrival,” said the DCI.
The DCI has further said that the lawyers were shortly joined by Azimio leader Raila Odinga before leaving in three vehicles. It is at this point that Raila’s communication team alerted the media about the said ‘siege.’
“As they left, they informed the guards that they were going to address the press. At around 9.30pm, Mr Odinga and team left the home to go and join the lawyers in the Press Conference. Dr. Matiang’i then informed the guards that police would be arriving accompanied by the media to arrest him, and instructed them to allow the police access to the home but to lock out the media,” Mr. Amin stated.
“This was a deliberate and malicious attempt to spread false information and incite fear, and is nothing more than the highest form of fake news. DCI will leave the media to its own self-introspection. In our view, it should hold itself accountable for its role in spreading this false information and should apologize to the public,” he said.