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Raila alleges political motivation behind Nyakang’o’s arrest

By Mercy Simiyu December 6th, 2023 1 min read

ODM leader Raila Odinga has strongly condemned the arrest of Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakang’o, claiming that the legal proceedings against her are politically motivated.

Nyakang’o was apprehended in Mombasa and later released on a Sh2 million bond, with the option of a similar surety or Sh500,000 cash bail.

In a statement, Raila asserted that Nyakang’o’s arrest is a politically motivated witch hunt and urged her to stand firm in defending integrity, professionalism, and the principles of good governance.

Nyakang’o faces charges such as conspiracy to defraud, operating an unlicensed Sacco, forgery, and uttering false documents, to which she pleaded not guilty.

“We encourage Nyakang’o to remain strong in defence of integrity, professionalism, and the dictates of good governance,” Raila said, expressing solidarity with her. He attributed her predicament to her commitment to upholding integrity and professionalism.

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Raila claimed that Nyakang’o’s arrest was expected and accused authorities of orchestrating frivolous and trumped-up charges to remove her from office.

He stated, “It was only a matter of when or not Nyakang’o was going to be sent packing on frivolous and trumped-up charges to create room for a user-friendly holder of the office.”

The ODM leader emphasized the party’s support for Nyakang’o and their commitment to the ongoing fight against corruption in the country, declaring, “We will lead that struggle from the front.” The unfolding events surrounding Nyakang’o’s arrest continue to raise questions about the intersection of politics and accountability in Kenya.