Kabogo tears into Murkomen, calls Ndindi Nyoro a ‘thug’

Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 10, 2019 – Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has taken on the Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and trashed his defense for Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro following his dramatic arrest by police in Muranga.

The Majority leader had accused the police of abuse of power, claiming they were infringing on the rights of Ndindi Nyoro.

Without mincing words, Kabogo accused Murkomen of double speech. The former governor claimed the senator was suffering from selective amnesia and an apologist of selective application of the law.

At the same time, Kabogo, who is known to shoot straight in his talk and expression of his opinion, referred to Ndindi Nyoro as a “thug.” Nyoro grew up from being a hawker and cobbler in Murang’a to an outspoken politician

Nyoro sprung into the limelight with verbal attacks on ODM leader Raila Odinga in 2017 while defending DP Ruto’s presidential ambitions. No charges were pressed against him at that time.

In July 2019, he accused the government of allegedly staging a plot to assassinate him over his support for DP Ruto.

“Selective amnesia is a bad decease Wakili. How many have been arrested before this alleged thug? You’re presumed innocent until proven guilty. Relax bro!” responded Kabogo on his Twitter handle.

DP Ruto was accompanied by Senator Kipchumba, Speaker Ken Lusaka, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa, Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Wanjiru Chege and others.

“I am actually surprised that @NdindiNyoro has been arrested. I hope the @IG_NPS remembers that power is transient and that we are merely temporary trustees in the offices bestowed upon us to serve and not to oppress others. I hope the @ODPP_KEwill stand up to be counted!” warned Murkomen on his Twitter handle.

Echoing what the politicians affiliated to Deputy President William Ruto and Tanga Tanga group who have attributed the woes afflicting Nyoro to opposition chief Raila Odinga, PS Karanja Kibicho and Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i, Murkomen linked the same to the handshake.

“@MigunaMiguna for the record that’s not Kisumu or Migori it’s Muranga the HQs of political thurakus. Post handshake violence. What a paradox!” wrote the senator on his Twitter handle.

Ndindi Nyoro was released from custody on Tuesday morning following his arrest on accusations of disrupting a church event presided over by his political rival Maina Kamanda, in his own constituency.

Nyoro was arrested at about 9pm and freed at midnight after chaos erupted in Murang’a town where locals accused police of ‘harassing our MP.’

He had been arrested during a town hall meeting that was live on television from Murang’a, sparking outrage, mainly from leaders allied to Tanga Tanga movement that is associated with Deputy President William Ruto.

Nyoro had clashed with nominated MP Maina Kamanda on Sunday, accusing him of presiding over a harambee in his backyard without inviting him.

Prior to his arrest, a defiant Nyoro had on Monday accused police of intimidating him, insisting he was justified in defending his position at his backyard. His arrest was condemned by leaders from his Tanga Tanga group. “I am not a coward, I will not allow anyone to intimidate me,” he said.

Area Bishop Rt Rev James Wainaina too condemned the chaotic scenes and urged leaders to always maintain decorum. “We call upon everyone, particularly the political class, to uphold the dignity of the places worship,” he said.

On Tuesday morning, Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai said he had recalled the investigations file from Murang’a County for “review and guidance from the DPP’, hours after he was set free from police custody.

His lawyer Senator Irungu Kang’ata said he secured his release, with an assurance that there will be no charges against him. Murang’a County Commander Josphat Kinyua, had insisted that “Legal action will be taken against the MP and other culprits involved in the incident.”

“The act of orchestrating chaos and disturbance at any place is a criminal offense and it is more regrettable when such an act is committed within the precincts of a house of worship,” the police commander warned.

Nyoro’s political career has spun from being a little-known first-time MP to a key ally of Deputy President William Ruto.

His ardent support for Ruto has made him rub shoulders with high and mighty, and at one time sent President Uhuru Kenyatta’s sister, Kristina Pratt, to beg the Head of State to visit his constituency.

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