Kenyans Lecture MP Over Remarks on How State Officials Should Be Arrested

  • Fiery Homa Bay Township MP, Peter Kaluma, caused a stir, on Tuesday night, with his remarks on TV on how state officials should be arrested.

    Speaking on Citizen TV's News Night, he stepped on Kenyans' heads, who felt that his demand to have state officials summoned instead of being arrested without decorum, should not be tolerated.

    Kaluma gave examples of how the besieged DCJ, Philomen Mwilu, and most recently, National Treasury CS, Henry Rotich were arrested.

    "When I heard DCJ was arrested sometime back and arraigned in court, I was interested and wanted to know, why would you arrest a DCJ?" he questioned.

    He further went on to explain, that senior government officials should not be handled by junior police officers but rather summoned, to appear before the courts at a convenient date.

    "Why should you order for the arrest of a state officer, be it CS Rotich or a DCJ? The way I saw National Treasury PS Kamau Thugge being arrested. Why don't you tell them to report to court on such a date to take plea?" the irked MP posed.

    The MP went on to fault the court over the amount paid by CS Rotich and his PS, which he firmly believed was too high.

    "Why do we charge them bail amounts that are so high? It is like you are giving them their constitutional rights and then taking it," Kaluma remarked.

    He also stated that the Kenyan courts had a long way to go in dealing with graft cases, citing that it took so long for the bail amount of Ksh15 million to be settled upon.

    "In the UK, there is no wastage of time on the issue of bail the way I saw the courts delaying today," he noted.

    Kaluma divulged that state officers should not at any point be treated as guilty before trial and also should not pay any cash bail but be released on free bond.

    "Why don't you, for a state officer, tell them to sign a free bond and give us your travel documents, someone like Rotich, where will he go?

    "You know they are innocent until proven guilty, do not charge them so much bail as if you have already begun the asset recovery process," he concluded.

    His statements did not augur well with the common citizens, who felt that he was becoming selective and too protective of alleged corrupt government officials.

    Kaluma was also castigated last month over his statements that MPs were paid so little money that some of his colleagues lived in servants quarters.

    Below are angry remarks he got from Kenyans who had tuned in to watch the show.