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How Gusii political leaders reacted to late night raid on Matiang’i’s home

By Nyaboga Kiage February 9th, 2023 2 min read

News of an alleged police raid in the home of former Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i on Wednesday night has attracted mixed reactions from political leaders in the vast Kisii County.

While a section of the leaders appeared to justify the raid, others condemned it and asked the government to act in accordance to the law.

Kisii leaders who are allied to President William Ruto said the former CS acted in a similar manner when he worked in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government.

Kitutu Chache North MP Japheth Nyakundi said it was important for leaders to always weigh out things before they make any step.

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“As leaders we should always know that our actions should be in accordance with our constitution and the supreme rule of our nation, knowing very well that our deeds will always follow us. There is no place for pride and arrogance,” said Mr Nyakundi.

South Mugirango MP, Silvanus Osoro faulted Matiang’i for his past actions but denied reports of the raid.

“Call him, charge him and have him defend himself. It will happen, if not today, someday because our systems are independent,” he said.

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Kisii Governor Simba Arati, on his part, called for dialogue if there are any issues between the current government and Dr Matiang’i.

“I was on my way to Kisii, only to be informed that there was drama in the home of the former CS. That is why I rushed here to establish what was happening,” said Mr Arati.

Mr Arati further said the former CS was working under a boss and the only way to deal with any issue that arose then is through dialogue.

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