Matiangi seeks anticipatory bail after night home raid

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Former Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has moved to court seeking anticipatory bail in order to prevent police officers from arresting him following last night’s botched raid at his Karen home.

The former CS claims that he has received credible information that police officers are under express instructions to arbitrarily capture and arrest him with a view of arraigning him in court for ulterior political motives.

“The powers of arrest by the respondents and the Kenya Police are being abused and misused to harass, intimidate and oppress the applicant and his former cabinet colleagues and the former president; and to achieve extraneous political purposes unconnected with upholding the Law,” Matiangi has argued through his lawyers.

” It is worth noting the fact that the applicant has never been summoned to appear before any police station or investigative agency and no arrest warrants had been issued against him, a clear breach of due process,” said the CS.

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According to Dr Matiangi, the timing of the arrest is designed to ensure that he does not attend the funeral and burial service of his late cabinet colleague, Prof. George Magoha.

“The Applicant is aware that his woes got worse when he gave a speech at the home of the late Prof Magoha where he shared the lessons on public service that he had learnt from the deceased. His security was withdrawn the next day and the impending arrest is part of the scheme to harass and silence me forever.”

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