Kinyuru Munuhe @KinyuruMunuhe
Ten leaders and strategists affiliated to the National Super Alliance (Nasa) yesterday appeared at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in compliance with a court order.
They were, however, turned away by police, who said they are not persons of interest to them. The group led by Siaya Senator James Orengo with their lawyers Nelson Havi and John Khaminwa were not questioned. Instead, they signed attendance register and had their anticipatory bail stamped.
“Recently, we appeared before Justice Luka Kimaru of the High Court and made an order that our clients appear before the Director of Criminal Investigations. The director was not in but we have been seen by a senior legal officer.
Orders of judges and orders of magistrates must be respected.” Khaminwa said. Havi and Orengo also emphasised the Executive arm of the government must obey court orders as part of upholding the rule of law.
Orengo condemned what he termed arbitrary arrest of Opposition leaders including storming of the already deported Miguna Miguna’s Runda residence. “Our clients have not been questioned, a clear indication our clients are free people.
We will appear in court and say our clients were not questioned,” Havi added. However, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and Homa Bay Woman’s Rep did not show up. “Police asked us why don’t we come tomorrow (today) but we said we cannot come tomorrow because the court said today (yesterday),” Orengo said.
The National Police Service clarified that neither Joho, Jimmy Wanjigi, David Ndii nor the nine others who sought anticipatory bail are being sought as of now in connection with commission of any crimes.
Through Havi, the 12 told High Court judge Justice Luka Kimaru that they had received credible information with regard to their imminent arrest and were granted the Sh100,000 bail by High Court Other leaders who appeared include George Aladwa, Simba Arati, George Khaniri, Norman Magaya, Oduor Ong’wen, Cleophas Malala and Paul Ongili alias Babu Owino.