In Summary
  • 40 Jubilee MPs allied to Deputy President William Ruto singled out Interior PS Karanja Kibicho as the man behind the woes facing the MP, claiming the PS was using the instruments of State to persecute political opponents to paint the ruling party in bad light.
  • Led by Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa and Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot, the MPs claimed during a press conference at Parliament Buildings that Dr Kibicho has converted the National Police Service into his personal militia to undermine his opponents and vowed to stand up and resist what they called the PS’s “bullying tactics”.

The arrest and immediate release of Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro on Tuesday has exposed the depth of cracks in the ruling Jubilee Party ahead of the 2022 polls.

Secret talks involving Monday night meetings and numerous phone calls led to the surprise dropping of charges against Mr Nyoro, the Nation can reveal.

The behind-the-scenes efforts partly played a role in the freedom of the legislator who accused senior government officials of being behind his dramatic arrest after Sunday’s chaos at Gitui Catholic Church.

POLITICISATION

This emerged Tuesday as 40 Jubilee MPs allied to Deputy President William Ruto singled out Interior PS Karanja Kibicho as the man behind the woes facing the MP, claiming the PS was using the instruments of State to persecute political opponents to paint the ruling party in bad light.

Led by Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa and Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot, the MPs claimed during a press conference at Parliament Buildings that Dr Kibicho has converted the National Police Service into his personal militia to undermine his opponents and vowed to stand up and resist what they called the PS’s “bullying tactics”.

“The police brutality and politicisation of the service has become the norm since Mr Mutyambai took over as the Inspector General. We condemn these acts because it goes contrary to constitutional provisions,” Mr Cheruiyot said.

Mr Ichungwah went further to claim that apart from the police service, the PS has roped in such other State agencies as the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) as a means of silencing government critics and challenged him to resign and join politics.

PARTISAN

“Dr Kibicho is using these agencies to lodge political wars especially to those who do not conform to his political beliefs. We will not allow people who were appointed to offer apolitical service to use their positions to play politics.”

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