Deputy President William Ruto allies from the Western Kenya region have called out Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i; accusing him of using the police to intimidate them when they hold public functions.
Led by Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa, Ruto allies claimed that police officers have been unfairly arresting leaders allied to the Deputy President while leaving out those close to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga.
Didmus Barasa pointed out that instead of the arresting officers doing their job by protecting Kenyans; they were busy being used to engage in petty politics of threatening leaders.
“Misuse of police officers by the Ministry of Interior to intimidate leaders allied to DP William Ruto is the biggest joke of our time. It’s absurd that instead of the Interior ministry deploying officers to protect Kenyans they have chosen to engage in petty politics of intimidating leaders,” Barasa said.
Barasa added that the government should let every Kenyan enjoy their rights without any intimidation or prejudice.
He further claimed that all rogue officers should be on their alert as he had identified all of them.
He claimed that he was going to the next CS for Interior and the first thing he will do will be to transfer them from the Western region to Mandera.
“No situation is permanent. Let every Kenyan enjoy their rights without prejudice, coercion, or intimidation. I have seen all of them (police officers) and they should know that I am the next CS for interior, I will transfer all them from this place to Mandera,” he added.
Didmus Barasa’s sentiments were echoed by former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale who was reacting after their meeting in Shinyalu constituency, was interrupted by police officers over alleged violation of COVID-19 safety measures.
He stated that it was a crying shame that his functions in Kakamega are being dispersed by police while Building Bridges Initiative meetings are protected by the government.
As happened in Shinyalu today, it is a crying shame that my functions in Kakamega are being dispersed by police when Handshske/BBI meetings receive state protection pic.twitter.com/4qyeFzdHNw
— Dr Boni Khalwale, CBS (@KBonimtetezi) September 20, 2020