• Meru Senator, Mithika Linturi, has been released on a Ksh2 million cash bail or a conditional bond of Ksh5 million with a surety of similar amount.

    The Legislator was also ordered not to contact witnesses in order to allow detectives to complete investigations. The Senator was further directed to report to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) once a week.

    Nakuru Chief Magistrate Ednah Nyaloti also declined to grant an application by the prosecution seeking to detain Linturi for seven days in order to allow detectives to finalise on investigations.

    Meru Senator Mithika Linturi at Nakuru Law Courts with his lawyer Ken Echesa ahead of a court ruling on Tuesday, January 11.
    Meru Senator Mithika Linturi at Nakuru Law Courts with his lawyer Ken Echesa ahead of a court ruling on Tuesday, January 11.
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    “I am satisfied that the prosecution doesn’t have compelling reasons to limit the Senator’s right to liberty,” Nyaloti stated. 

    Linturi had been detained in police custody for two days following his madoadoa remarks during a public rally organised by the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) during the weekend. 

    His sentiments had sparked an uproar among politicians and Kenyans online leading to his arrest on Sunday morning, January 9 at a hotel based in Eldoret.

    He was then driven to Nakuru before taken to the office of the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Nairobi. Hours later, Linturi was transferred to Kaptembwo police station. 

    The madoadoa remarks, according to the majority of Kenyans, is deemed insensitive especially at a time when the country is gearing towards election period. 

    The term, according to the commission on Inquiry on the 2007 post election violence, was used to profile individuals and allegedly propagate division.

    Linturi’s remarks were condemned by Deputy President William Ruto who affirmed that his party, United Democratic Alliance, is a national party and not based on divisive politics.

    “We do not subscribe to any divisive talk. We do not agree with any talk that profiles individuals, groups, or communities,” Ruto stated.

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