High Court bars gov’t from arresting, detaining Governor Lonyangapuo


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West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • The court has barred Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, IG Joseph Boinnet and DPP Noordin Haji from arresting, detaining and charging the governor in court.
  • The court further issued an order for the immediate reinstatement of the governor’s security.
  • The court ruled that his security was not at the discretion of a Cabinet Secretary but a constitutional benefit which every state officer is entitled to.

By Moses Wekesa

The High Court in Kitale has restrained the government from arresting, detaining and charging West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo for allegedly obstructing traffic police from discharging their duties along the Pokot – Kapenguria road last week.

The court, in a ruling on Monday, barred Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji from arresting, detaining and charging the governor in court.

The court further issued an order for the immediate reinstatement of the governor’s security on the basis that his security was not at the discretion of a Cabinet Secretary but is a constitutional benefit which every state officer is entitled to.

“The court has also issued an order stopping the further withdrawal of security from the governor and we hope that the cabinet secretary will comply with the order,” said the West Pokot County chief’s lawyer Peter Wanyama.

Mr. Wanyama added that failure by CS Matiang’i, IG Boinnet and DPP Haji to comply with the order will force him to seek legal redress against the three for contempt of court.

Governor Lonyangapuo’s security detail was withdrawn last week after he stormed a police road-block to free a boda boda rider who had been arrested.

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