Inspector General of Police Japheth Koome has addressed reports that police officers raided the home of former Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on Wednesday night.
Speaking to the press on Thursday, IG Koome said the National Police Service was not involved in the late night siege.
“I wish to clarify that no police officers under the NPS was sent to former CS Matiang’i residence at all,” he said.
This is an unexpected turn after news broke that the former Interior CS was holed up in his house after officers surrounded his house.
Preliminary Reports by Nation said the raid was conducted by detectives attached to the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission.
However, EACC CEO Twlib Mbarak also refuted that the institution was involved.
According to Danstan Omari who is representing Matiang’i, officers arrived at the residence without stating the reason for their visit.
Sources aware of the situation have told the press that the officers left after Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga lawyers intervened.
“We think they had intentions to search the house, but they seem to have retreated when the lawyers and other people arrived,” a source at the scene told Nation.
Lawyer Danstan Omari has also divulged that they have gone to court seeking to the arrest of the former CS.
Speaking to the media after arriving at the scene on Wedensday night, Odinga expressed his surprise that the officers had chosen to confront Matiang’i at night.
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