Media locked out of Matiang’i, IG grilling, senators protest move

Photo: Interior Ministry

Journalists were blocked from covering a Senate meeting where Interior CS Matiang’i was being grilled over the arrest of three senators on Monday.

This was despite them having passes and observing Covid-19 rules.

CS Fred Matiang’i drove himself to the meeting arriving minutes before 10am. He was accompanied by Police IG Hillary Mutyambai

The journalists who were already in Parliament were ordered out by National Committee chair Yusuf Haji.

“What are you doing here? I don’t remember inviting you here. Go back we will call you later,” Haji told the reporters.

Speaker Kenneth Lusaka ordered the panel to summon the top security bosses after they skipped an invitation on Monday to explain the arrest of the lawmakers.

The three senators arrested by the DCI on Monday are Steve Lelegwe, Christopher Langat and Cleophas Malala.

Some politician commented on the matter on twitter to share their thoughts with the public.

I am shocked that the Senate Commitee on Security chased the media from a sitting inquiring the illegal arrest of Senators. If the committee cannot stand up for colleagues, institution of Senate and democracy, then Something is really rotten in the state of Kenya.” Kipchumba Murkomen stated.

I disagree with the decision of the Senate Commitee on security barring media from the grilling of the CS Interior, IG Mutyambai and DCI Kinoti on the unlawful arrest and detention of Senators Malala , Lelegwe and Langat . The public have a right to know.” Sen Mutula Kilonzo stated.
Interior CS Fred Matiang’i arrives at Parliament Buildings/ COURTESY

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