Kindiki confirms arrest of suspected raiders of Uhuru family farm
Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki says authorities have arrested people suspected to have raided former president Uhuru Kenyatta’s family land in Kiambu county.
He made the announcement at a press briefing at his Nairobi office on May 31, 2023.
“What happened in Northlands is a serious crime,” the CS clarified.
“We have undertaken investigations and we will be arraigning some suspects soon. It has taken bit of time because of the politicization of the event.”
The CS however fell short of detailing how many suspects had been arrested.
On March 27, 2023, goons attacked the former president family’s Northlands farm located along the Eastern by-pass in broad day light.
In their hundreds, the thieves, armed with machetes and power saws, destroyed the fence and accessed the expansive land before stealing sheep and trees, and setting it ablace.
Witnesses said the gang gained access to the land from the Kamakis side via the busy bypass and some were seen carrying sheep from the property.
Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga’s expansive business in Nairobi was also attacked by unknown goons on the same day.
The twin attacks occurred on the day Mr Odinga was leading anti-government demonstrations across the country to protest over the rise in cost of living.
Incidentally, the attack which happened on the day President William Ruto was out of the country on an official trip.
The attack and theft also happened days after President Ruto’s allies led by Kikuyu lawmaker Kimani Ichungwa publicly warned Kenyans could invade former president Uhuru Kenyatta’s vast family land.
In a video that trended online, Ichungwa, was seen and heard warning the former Head of State that his expansive land could be invaded if he continues supporting and financing the Azimio demonstrations.
President Kenyatta recently condemned the attack while addressing the contentious Jubilee National Delegates Conference (NDC) meeting in Nairobi, weeks later.
The retired president claimed the attack, alongside insults from a section of politicians, has forced him to shelve his plans to permanently retire from politics.