Kalonzo Musyoka Condemns Government Crackdown on Governors Arati and Wa Iria

Kenyan opposition leader Kalonzo Musyoka condemns government's crackdown on Kisii and Murang'a governors, calling it an attack on devolution. Highlights ongoing tensions between national and county governments.

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Kalonzo Musyoka Condemns Government Crackdown on Governors Arati and Wa Iria

Kalonzo Musyoka Condemns Government Crackdown on Governors Arati and Wa Iria

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has strongly condemned the government's recent actions against Kisii Governor Simba Arati and former Murang'a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria. Speaking at the funeral of June Moi, the wife of former President Daniel arap Moi, Kalonzo stated that an attack on governors is tantamount to an attack on the system of devolution in Kenya.

Kalonzo specifically referred to the police raids on Governor Arati's premises in Nairobi and Kisii. Arati had claimed that officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) broke into his Nairobi office just a day after he recorded a statement at DCI headquarters. The governor alleged that there was a police conspiracy to plant guns in his residences in order to implicate him in wrongdoing.

Turning his attention to former Governor Wa Iria, Kalonzo remarked that he was glad Wa Iria was able to attend June Moi's funeral, jokingly alluding to Wa Iria's impending arrest. The former Murang'a governor was set to appear before the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for questioning related to fraud investigations amounting to 140 million Kenyan shillings. However, Wa Iria's lawyers had requested to postpone his appearance to Wednesday.

Why this matters: The crackdown on governors by Kenya's national government has raised concerns about the state of devolution and the autonomy of county governments. As prominent political figures speak out against these actions, it highlights the ongoing tensions between the central government and local leaders.

Kalonzo's condemnation of the government's actions against Governors Arati and Wa Iria adds to the growing chorus of voices questioning the motives behind these investigations and arrests. As the situations with both governors continue to unfold, it remains to be seen how the national government will respond to the criticism and whether any evidence of wrongdoing will emerge from the probes into Arati and Wa Iria's activities.

Key Takeaways

  • Kalonzo condemns govt actions against Kisii Gov. Arati and ex-Murang'a Gov. Wa Iria.
  • Arati claims police conspired to plant guns in his residences to implicate him.
  • Wa Iria was set to appear before EACC for fraud investigation of 140M Kenyan shillings.
  • Kalonzo's condemnation highlights tensions between central govt and local leaders.
  • Ongoing investigations into Arati and Wa Iria's activities continue to unfold.