In Summary
  • It is bad politics and fuels the persistent acrimony between the two coalitions, stalling any efforts towards rapprochement.

  • The police literally pounced on Dr Ndii when he was on holiday with his family and seized him in a manner most uncivilised.

  • The leadership is plotting a push-back, among others, seeking to immobilise the protagonists.

The country has gone through some difficult moments for most of the year, and the singular desire of almost every citizen is to see an end to the vindictive and emotionally sapping politics.

But we are far from that. Every often, the country just finds itself hurtling from one contestation to another, often times for the unmerited reasons.

At the weekend, the police arrested and detained National Super Alliance strategist David Ndii at the coast and eventually brought him to Nairobi for interrogation, before eventually hauling him before a court to face charges of incitement to violence. The merits and demerits of that case will, surely, be canvassed in court.

However, this incident opens a new battle, pitting the opposition Nasa against the Jubilee administration. It is bad politics and fuels the persistent acrimony between the two coalitions, stalling any efforts towards rapprochement.

RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES

First, the manner of the arrest and successive events were disastrous. The police literally pounced on Dr Ndii when he was on holiday with his family and seized him in a manner most uncivilised.

There was no search warrant, he was not told the reason for the arrest, the family was misled and kept in the dark about his whereabouts and neither was he allowed access to his lawyers.

Such tactics are reminiscent of the old and primitive Kanu-era operations, when opposition figures were routinely hounded from their homes or offices, detained by police incommunicado and dragged before courts for all sorts of charges. Yet the country should have totally shed such practices when it enacted a new Constitution that safeguards citizens’ rights and civil liberties.

Looked at comprehensively, the way the police service is conducting itself is becoming indefensible.

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