Tiaty Member of Parliament William Kamket was on Thursday arrested for questioning regarding the ongoing violence in Kapedo area, Baringo County.
The outspoken legislator affiliated to Sen. Gedion Moi’s KANU party was arrested detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and is currently being detained at the Kileleshwa police station, before being transferred to Nakuru to face charges.
Prior to his arrest, the MP had pleaded with president Uhuru to deescalate the ongoing security operation, he urged the president to instruct Interior CS to minimize the force being as the government continues hunting down armed bandits responsible for the death of a GSU senior officer, and a director in charge of operations at the General Service Unit
Mr. Kamket accompanied with Senate Majority leader Samuel Poghisio who also hails from region had faulted the security operators of applying excessive force in a bid to end the violence, asking the government to change tack if it want to ensure return to normalcy and peace being restored in the volatile area .
Mr. Kamket’s arrest comes a General Service Unit operation commander was killed in Kapedo by suspected bandits. Mr. Emadau Temakol was reportedly returning back to Nairobi after a peace meeting when he was ambushed at Ameyan bridge
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i in a meeting with Northern Kenya leaders later condemned the killing of the GSU commander, terming it premeditated, cold-blooded and heinous. He promised those responsible for the officer’s murder that the government will hunt them down, get them and make them pay for what they did.
Matiang’i also confirmed that investigations pointed to a ritual ceremony in where the bandits were intentionally charged and ‘blessed’ by some traditional leaders in a cultural ceremony prior to attacking the slain officer.