The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Keriakor Tobiko, has ordered for the immediate arrest and charging in court of Kisumu Senator Fred Outa and former Kisumu deputy governor Ruth Odinga after they disrupted an IEBC training seminar last week.
In a letter of urgency to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Ndegwa Muhoro, Tobiko now wants the suspects to be arraigned at the Kericho Law Courts on four charges.
According to the letter, Outa, Odinga together with others should be charged for entering in an electoral center designated by IEBC without authority, obstructing an election officer from executing his lawful duties, incitement to violence and malicious damage of property contrary to several sections in the Election Offences Act as well as section 339 (1) of the penal code.
“Upon perusal of the file and analysis of the evidence on record, DPP finds the evidence sufficient to warrant prosecution of the two suspects and their accomplices,” read the letter dated October 23.
The duo is accused of leading youth to disrupt the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) meeting with county poll officials who will oversee the October 26 repeat presidential election.
Further, the DPP wants the suspects to record their individual statements, the police to record statement of the complainant, Diana Adhiambo, who was assaulted and whisked away by the group, as well as get her P3 form, get the owner of damaged property to ascertain the loss and get photos and exhibits during the violence.
On Saturday, October 21 Kondele Ward MCA Joachim Omieno was arrested over the same incident and is currently withheld at the Kericho Police Station.