News 2008


Police Sought Interpol's Help in Nakitare Hunt, but he is still within

The Nation (Nairobi)

11 March 2008

George Omonso, Jillo Kadida and Kennedy Lumwamu


Police in Kitale want Interpol to help in the manhunt of former Saboti MP Davis Nakitare who is said to have fled the country.

This follows a warrant of arrest for Mr Nakitare issued two weeks ago after 205 men were rounded up at his farm in Kwanza, 17 kilometres from Kitale town, for allegedly taking part in illegal military training.

Last week, Mr Nakitare's aide told journalists in Kitale that the former MP was outside the country and was not expected back soon.

But in a new turn of events, Mr Nakitare Monday expressed his willingness to surrender himself to court.

Through his lawyer David Biketi, the former legislator told the High Court that he is willing to turn himself in because his liberty was at stake.

He further asked the court to give him anticipatory bail.

Mr Nakitare said he was still in the country contrary to reports that he has fled the country.

He maintains that those who were arrested by the police on his farm are internally displaced people and some of his workers.

In his suit papers, the former legislator expressed fears that his rights and freedom under the Constitution are being and are likely to continue being contravened.

Mr Nakitare further requested the court to give him a specific day on which he should appear before police in company of his advocate. However, the prosecution which was present in court during the hearing of the case, sought for time to consult the Attorney-General on the matter.

Mr Justice Jacktone Boma Ojwang said the matter touches on serious issues and the court needs to hear the case.

He ordered all the parties to come for hearing on March 12.

Apart from the 205 taken to court after being arrested at Nakitare's farm, it is believed that another group of 800 might have escaped moments before the crackdown, taking with them military uniform and weapons.

"We shall not rest until we ensure that the former MP faces the law," Trans Nzoia district criminal investigation officer Issa Mohammed said.

Receiving threats

Earlier, police officers based at Kitale Police Station told journalists that those involved in the arrest of the group at the former MP's farm were receiving threats from politicians from Trans Nzoia and Bungoma.