Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga has strongly condemned the security operation conducted at the home of former Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i in Karen Nairobi on Wednesday night.
Raila arrived at Matiang’i’s home at around 10 pm, termed the operation as “completely unacceptable”, saying it was an affront to the rule of law.
“They say the more things change the more they remain the same. We are now witnessing what this country has been through before. The times of late-night arrests and detention without any charges. There is no reason why police should be coming to somebody’s home at this hour of the night when people are asleep,”Raila said.
“If Matiang’i has committed a crime warranting his arrest that should be made public and known to him and then he can present himself for interrogation,” said Odinga.
“This idea of arresting senior citizens at this hour of the night is something that is completely repugnant to civilization. This is completely unacceptable,”he added.
“I have said it and I will repeat it again…We are dealing with an illegal regime. A regime that usurped power from the people of Kenya. The people of Kenya will not take this lying down… This will not be accepted. We will stand with Matiang’i and anybody else to ensure the law of this country is respected.”
The team of security officers spotted at Matiang’i’s home is reported to have driven away soon after the media broke the news of the operation.