Governors Demand to be Arrested With Decorum

  • A section of Governors in Kenya during a past meeting File
  • Council of Governors Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya has decried the manner in which the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives have been arresting his colleagues.

    Speaking to Nation, Oparanya demanded that the EACC sleuths respect the authority, which the governors' office  hold in their future arrests.

    “We don’t condone corruption and we are ready to fight it…but the way Waititu was arrested, being frog matched, was so inhuman especially someone of his stature,” he retorted.

    The Kakamega county boss particularly condemned the detectives over their persistent use of the media for live coverage of such arrests. 

    Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria addressing the media at a past event.

    “Why can’t they have decency? Just summon the Governor, tell him you wish to go to his house for a search instead of all these dramas in front of the media.

    “Why do they want to do their work in front of the media? That is embarrassment targeted on the county chiefs. There must be dignity because human right is guaranteed in the Constitution,” Oparanya declared.

    The CoG Chairman added that the county executives should not be treated as criminals by investigators before being proved guilty.

    “You frog match a governor in front of his constituents and family? it is not fair. You are treating a whole governor as a criminal yet he has not been proved guilty. You are proving him guilty even before he is charged. I find that so bad and they should treat us with some dignity,” he stated.

    On May 23, Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu was arrested by the crime busters in a day of high drama where two of Waititu’s homes, one on Kiambu Road and another at Garden Estate in Runda were ransacked for six hours.
    The outspoken governor, popularly known as Baba Yao, is under the EACC spotlight over alleged corruption in a number of his county programmes, including Kaa Sober, which was aimed at rehabilitating alcoholics. 

    Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu addressing the media at a past event.