After hours of questioning at the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) headquarters along Kiambu Road, the former Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS), Fred Matiang’i, has been released.
This release came moments after Azimio leader Raila Odinga arrived at the agency’s headquarters with elected leaders to protest against his detention.
Lawyer Otiende Amollo, who spoke to the press, deemed Matiang’i’s nine-hour detention as unlawful and accused the DCI of being used to fight political battles.
According to Amollo, the detention of Matiang’i was not a criminal investigation, but a vendetta and a witch hunt.
He also stated that the DCI was not acting on their own, but rather waiting for instructions on what to do with the former Interior Boss.
In a cautionary statement, the Senior Counsel advised Interior CS Kithure Kindiki against his bosses, who he accused of undermining the office of the Interior Boss.
Amollo stated that mistreating Matiang’i would not only lower the standing of the office he once held but would also reflect poorly on the country in front of foreigners.
He further added that such actions demonstrated that the country was not a stable democracy and was headed towards a banana republic, which would ultimately harm those who were mistreating Matiang’i.
Matiang’i’s former cabinet colleague, Eugene Wamalwa, also weighed in on the charges that the DCI preferred against the ex-Interior Boss, terming them as unfounded.
The former CS is set to be charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and publication of false information about an alleged police raid.
In conclusion, Matiang’i’s release follows a dramatic turn of events that saw Raila Odinga and other elected leaders storm the DCI headquarters to protest against his detention.
Despite the allegations leveled against him, his colleagues have come out in his defense, calling for a fair and just process.