Manyatta police in Embu County have arrested a chief and eight Nyumba Kumi elders over allegations of assaulting a man in the chief’s jurisdiction.
The Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) ordered their arrest to aid in the pursuit of justice for the assaulted man.
A report released by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on February 25, indicated that the chief and the elders stormed the victim’s house, broke into it, assaulted the man, and later set the house on fire on December 24, 2022.
The suspects were held at Manyatta Police Station awaiting arraignment in court.
The motive behind the attack was not disclosed, and an inquiry file was opened to establish what transpired.
The arrest of the chief and his Nyumba Kumi college brings to light cases of indiscipline among administrative officers.
In 2022, an assistant chief in Tharaka Nithi County was also arrested for engaging in illicit brew with villagers.
The Kenya Kwanza administration has reiterated its commitment to ensuring that administrative officers serve diligently in their mandate of maintaining law and order, vowing to crack the whip on any officer who goes against their oath of office.
Both President William Ruto and his Deputy Rigathi Gaachagua have been on record cautioning chiefs and other National Government Administrative Officers against engaging in politics and instead focus on their duties.
The statements from both Kenya Kwanza principals came on the back of allegations that a section of the officers was used in the mobilization against the Kenya Kwanza team during the last General Election.