In Summary
  • Mr Nyoro said he has decided to dissent and to act in the public interest as opposed to adhering to a political script.
  • The MP was arrested by a contingent of about 50 police officers drawn from the GSU.
  • The youthful MP has incorporated Mr Matiba’s slogan of “Let the people decide” in his speeches.
  • Mr Nyoro said he is ready to pay a bigger sacrifice in fighting for what he believes in.

Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro has described his dramatic arrest on Monday and subsequent release as a “State attack” and has likened the whole incident to what the late multi-party doyen Kenneth Matiba faced, saying that both scenarios paint the same picture – that of using State powers for political persecution.

The MP was arrested by a contingent of about 50 police officers drawn from the General Service Unit on September 9 after attending a live TV debate on a local vernacular television in Murang’a town.

RAILA UNSELLABLE

Speaking to the Nation on Wednesday, Mr Nyoro said he has decided to dissent and to act in the public interest as opposed to adhering to a political script of a few whom he accuses of wanting to popularise “the unsellable Raila Odinga” in Murang’a and Mt Kenya region.

The late Matiba, a former MP for Kiharu, was arrested detained without trial and placed in solitary confinement due to his fight for pluralism in the 1990s.

Mr Matiba stood up against the tyranny that came with the one-party system of the Kanu era under President Daniel arap Moi.

He was at the centre of a growing public disaffection with the one-party state and the emergence of a formidable call for a second liberation and became the focus of the State attacks.

STATE OPPRESSION

State officers were used to oppress Mr Matiba who chose to go against the political tide of the day.

Mr Nyoro now says the same script is being repeated by the State to force him stop exercising his free will, saying a few rich people are bulldozing him to abandon the voice of the majority in his constituency whom he says support Deputy President William Ruto.

I’m elected by the people and it is them I listen to. They should not be bulldozed to follow a certain direction to please a few rich people. They must never lie to themselves that they can buy off the souls and hearts of the poor people with their money and it’s time for the poor to know that the money the rich people have belongs to them and their families,” Mr Nyoro told the Nation in an exclusive interview.

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