Ex-Laikipia North MP Mathew Lempurkel to remain in custody over Laikipia clashes

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On Wed, 8 Sep, 2021 18:16 | 2 mins read
Former Laikipia North MP Mathew Lempurkel in court. PHOTO/NANCY GITONGA

Former Laikipia North MP Mathew Lempurkel who was arrested from his home in Rongai, Kajiado County over ongoing clashes in Laikipia has been arraigned before Milimani law court.

The prosecution was seeking 14 days to continue holding Lempurkel at Kileleshwa police station to enable the DCI complete the probe in the matter but Senior Resident Magistrate Sinkiyian Tobiko has rejected the application.

“I find no compelling reason to continue holding him for 14days as opposed to being charged. I ordered him to be detained until tomorrow morning to enable the state to charge him,” ruled the magistrate.

The state is investigating him over his involvement in the Laikipia skirmishes and DPP intends to charge him with incitement to violence.

The state alleges that he uttered incitement remarks at a live Maa TV show from May to July this year.

It is said that following the inciting statements there has been no peace as severally people have been killed, property destroyed and the residents displaced in Laikipia county.

Chief inspector Wanga Masake from the DCI Nairobi has informed the court that they are investigating the former MP over several allegations of incitement to violence, Murder stealing of livestock, robbery with violence, spreading of hate speech.

Masake informed the court that the utterance by the suspect has since made the interior CS Fred Matiang’i hold several security meetings with the leaders at Laikipia county and Rift Valley on several occasions.

The court heard that the CS has since imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in the area in an attempt to restore peace and public order.

“The main suspect before this court made utterances that have led to commission of murder of Kikuyus, Meru, Kisii and other tribes surrounding the conservancy and ranches in Laikipia,” Masake said.

He added that “as we are before this court there is no peace in the community.”

The officer sought for 14 days saying that the nature of offences required the DCI Nairobi to continuously liaise with DCI Laikipia adding that the exercise requires a lot of movement.

However Former Laikipia MP Lempurkel through his lawyer Saitabao Kanchori urged the court to dismiss the application saying he is being harassed by the security authorities.

“What is before this court is a case of harassing and it is a case is rattled by the events of Laikipia and the government is seeking sacrificial lamb,” said Kanchori.

The court heard that the Former MP is being harrassed since the state is unable to contain the situation at Laikipia county.

The lawyer informed the court that the Investigations into the matter are already completed as the officers are already in possession of the TV clips which contains the alleged inciting remarks.

Kanchori added that prior to the arrest of politician he was part of a meeting held at Harambee house on Tuesday evening between leaders of the Maa community and CS Matiang’i to address the situation at the county.

He informed the court that the client is not a flight risk and intended incitement to violence charges are bailable.

“There are no compelling reasons as to why he should stay in custody on a matter whose investigations are complete,” said the lawyer.

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