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Former Interior CS Fred Matiang’i in a heated standoff with police at DCI headquarters


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Former Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and his lawyers, Danstan Omari, Otiende Amollo, and Okongo Omogeni, were temporarily stopped by police at the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road, causing a dramatic scene.

The officers wanted to consult first on who should accompany Matiang’i, causing the former CS and his lawyers to wait outside the gate for almost ten minutes. Several supporters had also arrived and cheered Matiang’i as he alighted from his car.

Matiang’i was supposed to arrive at 9.30 am as per the summons from the DCI, but he was there by 8.30 am. He was eventually allowed in with about 14 lawyers at 8.47 am, and he saluted at the crowd outside the DCI.

Matiang’i is accused of spreading false information about an alleged raid at his Karen residence by a group of police officers between February 8 and 9, 2023.

Some of the charges that have been put against the former CS are that he caused the publication of false information contrary to Section 23 of the Computer Misuse and Cyber Crimes Act of 2018 among other offenses.

Head of serious crime Michael Sang says he believes that Matiang’i could either be connected to the offense or could give information that could assist in the investigation.

Matiang’i had been ordered to present himself at the premise no later than 9.30 a.m. on Tuesday. He has been under probe by the DCI, questioning him over the alleged police raid at his house in February.

If the summons were not followed, the former CS would face legal action, according to the DCI. Matiang’i returned to the country on Saturday after a two-week private tour in Europe to attend to private family matters.

At the Mazingira House offices, Matiang’i arrived with his lawyers, and the team was momentarily barred from accompanying him into the premise until officers ascertained the identity of each member. Omari clarified the names of each member, and the team was granted access into the premise.


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