Another Senator Arrested, Whereabouts Unknown - Senators Lament

  • Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo speaking in the Senate on Monday, August 17, 2020.
    Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo speaking in the Senate on Monday, August 17, 2020.
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  • Even as officers said to be from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) camped outside the homes of Bomet Senator Christopher Langat and Kakamega's Cleophas Malala on the morning of Monday, August 17, reports have emerged that another senator has been arrested. 

    Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen was the first to raise an alarm over the arrest of Samburu Senator Steve Lelegwe who he claimed was arrested and taken to an unknown location for grilling.

    Speaking at the Senate, Murkomen claimed that Lelengwe was arrested at Nairobi's Riverside area on his way to the Senate for the county revenue sharing formula debate.

    "Senator Lelegwe (Samburu County) has just been arrested he is being taken to Samburu for 'grilling'," he shared in a statement.

    Samburu Senator Steve Lelengwe addressing delegates at a past function.
    Samburu Senator Steve Lelengwe addressing delegates at a past function.
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    Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo, while supporting the adjournment motion by Nandi's Samson Cherargei cautioned that continuing with the debate without ascertaining the whereabout of their colleagues would be putting them at risk of torture, or murder. This, he referenced the death of his father, former Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Snr, whom he believed was poisoned. 

    "Mr Speaker, I second that we adjourn this motion until we get confirmation. Who knows, while we are conducting this business, what is happening to Senator Lelegwe. He could be found in Ngong Forest.

    "They could inject him with something and kill him slowly. I have seen the pain of death, I have smelt death. I have seen what happens when somebody gives you poison. You bleed so much, like my father did," stated Kilonzo.

    On Sunday, August 16, Murkomen claimed five Senators were facing arrest by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over their stand on the revenue sharing formula.

    He claimed the Senators were opposed to the contentious proposed formula for revenue allocation to the counties that has now been debated by the Senate a record eight times.

    Senators argued that the debate should be adjourned until the senators were presented by the Inspector General of Police at the Senate. 

    Murkomen reveald that Malala called him at 3 a.m. after DCI officials showed up at his Kitengela home in several vehicles. He claimed that 10 DCI officers had cmaped outside his house in the wee hours of the morning.

    Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja further claimed that he had seen the same vehicle he had reported had been trailing him outside Senator Langat's house. 

    "I don't know why they didn't come after me this time round. I think this is because I pre-empted it," he stated. 

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