Senior police officers sought to explain circumstances surrounding the controversial arrests of journalists Irene Mugo (Nation) and Lydia Nyawira (Standard) in Nyeri County on Monday.
The two journalists were apprehended at Mukurwe-ini Police Station as they sought to interview the kin of a man, Albert Nderitu, who was arrested for ‘causing disturbance’ at a function attended by Deputy President William Ruto in Nyeri.
The man wore a t-shirt bearing the words ” Uhuru’s Big 4 First’ and “Kitaeleweka“, a slogan believed to be used to undermine Ruto’s chances of clinching the Presidency.
According to police, the journalists were arrested for taking photos of a police station.
This is according to Central Regional Commissioner Wilson Njega who spoke after the journalists were released on Monday evening.
“The officers now say they held them for taking photos of the police station but they have not been arrested,” he stated.
County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia and County Police Commander Ali Nuno also intervened on the matter, with Shisia stating that Nderitu would be a witness as they investigate alleged plans to heckle Ruto.
Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu, a staunch critic of Ruto, had earlier taken to his Facebook page claiming that Nderitu was given a confession to sign by authorities framing Wambugu for plans to heckle the DP.
“My greatest concern. Apparently a ‘confession’ had been prepared for the young man to sign that said he had received money from me, through a 3rd party, for him and 20 other young men to heckle DP.
“He refused to sign it. His elder sister also insisted he would not sign anything,” he wrote.
Wambugu stated that a Parliamentary committee he sits on would summon Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, Interior PS, IG Police and DCI to explain the controversial series of arrests.