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Raila denied entry at DCI headquarters to visit Matiang’i

Azimio leader Raila Odinga was on March 7, 2023, denied entry into the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters in Nairobi where he had gone to check on former Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

Mr Matiang’i was summoned for grilling in relation to a recent alleged raid at his Nairobi home.

Nairobi News understands the former powerful CS will face two charges including conspiracy to commit a felony over the alleged ‘raid’ at his home by police officers on February 9, 2023.

Matiang’i is accused of attempting to cause panic, chaos, or violence among Kenyans by claiming his house had been raided by a battalion of officers intending to arrest him.

Matiang’i is also facing a second charge of the publication of false information contrary to section 23 of the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes.

The reported raids at Matiang’i’s home were televised and covered by the media.

Mr Odinga meanwhile arrived at the DCI offices shortly after 2 pm accompanied by Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna.

He was however not allowed to make his way in, and instead, the security at the entrance gate was reinforced.

Earlier, the former Interior CS arrived with his lawyers at DCI to honour the summons.

The former CS just returned home last week after attending to family-related issues in the United Kingdom.

Mr Odinga has been at the forefront of defending Mr Matiang’i in recent times. He was present at Matiang’i’s home on two separate occasions when reports filtered through that Police had raided it.

Mr Odinga has also defended Matiang’i at public rallies and accused President William Ruto of humiliating him.

Mr Matiang’i fell out with President Ruto during the second half of former president Uhuru Kenyatta’s tenure when it was reported that the former Head of State had handed the CS roles meant for the DP.

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