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Hustler Nation condemn Linturi arrest

United Democratic Alliance (UDA) allied politicians have condemned what they say is the arrest and frustration of Meru Senator Mithika Linturi by the state.

The fiery Linturi was arrested in Eldoret on Sunday, a day after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) ordered the Inspector General of the National Police Service Hillary Mutyambai to investigate alleged inciteful remarks attributed to him at a rally in Eldoret.

The DPP noted that Linturi’s utterances are likely to incite feelings of contempt, hatred, hostility violence, or discrimination.

But Oscar Igaida, UDA National Executive Committee (NEC) member, in an interview with Nairobi News, said the move to arrest Linturi was a ploy by the government to divert the hype from the successful homecoming rally organised by Deputy President William Ruto at the weekend.

“They have arrested a comrade in Eldoret, driven him to Nairobi so as to write a statement and then they are again taking him back to Nakuru where he will spend the night. Does that make sense?” posed Igaida moments after visiting the Senator at Gigiri police station.

“Linturi was clearly misquoted as he meant that those Aspiring in other political formations other than UDA should not be voted for in the next General Elections.”

Linturi’s remarks have drawn sharp criticism from the political class, with seasoned politicians including Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi and Kalonzo Musyoka calling for sober campaigns.