Former President Uhuru Kenyatta played a critical role in the release of former Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, who was detained at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters along Kiambu Road on Tuesday.
Matiang’i was summoned to appear before DCI to provide information about the alleged police raid on his home in Karen last month.
The ex-CS was booked at DCI headquarters at 9.00 a.m. on Tuesday, accompanied by a team of 14 lawyers.
The CS, on the other hand, was detained for more than 8 hours after refusing to sign a charge sheet in which he was accused of publishing false information and conspiracy to commit a felony.
There was uproar inside DCI headquarters after Matiang’i’s lawyers clashed with DCI sleuths who had been ordered by President William Ruto to persecute the former no-nonsense CS.
Matiang’i was released unconditionally around 4 p.m. after reports surfaced that former President Uhuru Kenyatta was on his way to DCI headquarters to join former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who had arrived to express solidarity with Matiang’i.
“When they heard Uhuru was on his way to DCI headquarters, they panicked and unconditionally released him,” said one of Matiangi’s lawyers, who asked to remain anonymous.