Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations have arrested a man in connection with life-threatening messages sent to Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata.
According to Serious Crime Unit boss Obadiah Kuria, the arrest was made on Friday evening, January 15, 2021.
"It’s true we have arrested him. The suspect allegedly sent him threatening messages and we intend to investigate further before preferring charges on Monday," Kuria told journalists.
ODM leader Raila Odinga (right) with Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata at the burial of the latter's father on February 24, 2020
Kang’ata praised the detectives for the arrest since the threats made him fear for his life.
"I feared for my life. I had to switch off the phone since I did not know what awaited me, apart from the threats. I was also under undue pressure due to my decision to penning a letter to President Uhuru," he stated.
The Senate Majority Whip had raised alarm over the life-threatening messages and forwarded them to the authorities.
“I have forwarded the text messages to DCI to an officer known as Mwangi who is in charge of the investigations. I hope that the culprits will be brought to book,” he said.
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua had also tried to reach out to Kang’ata on January 6, after which he claimed that the senator’s phone had been switched off.
“The good senator Kang'ata’s phone is off. If anyone gets in touch with him, please tell him I want to buy him a drink. He has made me proud,” he praised.
Later that day the two met and exchanged notes on the contents of the controversial letter.
Despite the pressure to either step down from his position as the Senate Majority Whip or offer a public apology to the president, Kang’ata has insisted he had not committed any crime.
During the burial of ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi’s mother Hannah Atsianzale in Mululu, Vihiga County on January 9, Uhuru stated that he did not need anyone telling him what to do and was in charge of the government.
“I am in charge of this government and I am in control of what we are doing. Don't assume that a lion that has been rained on is a cat. Some people have written letters to me thinking that I don't know what I am doing. I don't want to be lectured. I am the President and I am in charge of this government. I know where I am and I know where I am going," he said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks at the funeral service of Mama Hannah Mudavadi at Mululu village in Vihiga County