The government has been granted 12 hours by Nairobi County Azimio MCAs to release Absalom Odhiambo Onyango, the MCA of Korogocho.
The MCAs under the leadership of majority leader Peter Imwatok have denounced the recent arrest of Odhiambo.
“Dictatorship is back, the Moi era is back. We want Absalom released unconditionally within 12 hours, ”Imwatok said.
The Azimio MCAs went on to challenge the Kenya Kwanza government to detain opposition leader Raila Odinga, since they are acting under his direction.
“I want to challenge the entire government, you know who is supposed to be arrested. Kindly arrest Raila Amollo Odinga. That is the man who tells us to go right and we go,” Imwatok said.
The DCI sleuths arrested Odhiambo before noon at the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) headquarters where he had been called in for allegedly making inciting remarks.
At the time of the arrest, he was with Imwatok and his attorney Apollo Mboya.
His arrest comes in response to a widely shared video taken during the Kamukunji rally in which he openly criticized the Kenya Kwanza government in front of an agitated mob of Azimio supporters.
The panel, directed by the Rev. Samuel Kobia, summoned him as a result, claiming that his remarks had caused unnecessarily high tension that, if not handled properly, could have descended into pandemonium.
Imwatok claims that when he and Odhiambo got at the NCIC offices in Upperhill at Britam, no one was present to greet them.
“ We sat more than one hour and when the officers came they said there was no problem and they wanted to serve Mattach with a summon letter to appear before them on Wednesday,” he said.
The majority leader, however, said that they found three Subaru Foresters waiting outside after leaving the building and officers grabbed the Korogocho MCA and fled away with him.