Relief for Simba Arati as court stops his arrest

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BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,3RD NOV 2017-Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati  can now breath easy after the court stopped his arrest and detainment.

The decision was arrived at after the legislature went to court  to seek  order  that he should not be arrested over lawlessness that was witnessed in Nairobi’s  Kawangware area  a fortnight ago.

Through lawyer James  Orengo, Mr Arati claimed that he has been hospitalised but the police have been visiting the hospital, his residence and social places which he frequently visits.

He argued that the impending arrest is unlawful since he has not been questioned or any investigations done regarding the said allegations.

“Unless this matter is heard expeditiously and orders granted, police officers are likely to arrest and remove him from hospital and place him in custody unlawfully,” said Mr Orengo.

Justice Enoch Chacha Mwita issued the directive restraining police from arresting the vocal Mp.

The judge also certified the case as urgent and directed that parties appear before him next Friday for further directions.

Mr Arati has sued the inspector-general of police and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The MP claims that there have been threats and an intention to arrest him over the violence witnessed in Kawangware following the declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the repeat presidential election.

In the case, he explained that he has been unwell since August and has been on bedrest since he was discharged.

He said that he was even rushed to Nairobi Hospital on October 26 when his condition deteriorated.

But at 5pm the next day he heard about the unrest and turbulence within his constituency.

He also alleged that there have been allegations pointing a finger at him on social media as the instigator of the violence.

“No impartial investigations have been undertaken yet the sued parties are merely reacting to political pressure and following politically instigated commands,” said Mr Orengo.

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