Updated on: Thursday, February 21, 2008
Story by: By Barry Salil
A leading Kalenjin elder, Jackson Kibor was yesterday arrested by police in Eldoret town and flown to the Rift Valley provincial headquarters in Nakuru over what police claimed his involvement with post-election violence.
Kibor, 76, had presented himself to the police in Eldoret at 10.00 am but was not attended to by investigating officers and was instead asked to wait for orders from “above.”
The influential Uasin-Gishu politician had presented himself to the police after a warrant was allegedly issued for his arrest over incitement claims.
On Tuesday, criminal investigation officers were said to have visited his various homes in Uasin-Gishu and Trans-Nzoia in a bid to arrest him.
Speaking earlier at the police station, Kibor denied police claims saying was an old man who had no capacity to incite and accused the government of trying to use him as a scapegoat for its failure to protect innocent citizens.
The politician was a key ODM supporter in the North Rift and addressed several party rallies that were presided over by members of the “Pentagon” where he supported the election of Raila Odinga as the president.
Thousands of people thronged the town as word spread that the elderly politician had been arrested. Police sources claimed that, the politician was among several others detectives were investigating on claims that they incited or funded the post- election violence that rocked the North Rift.
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Tension high as police arrest ODM politician
Published on February 21, 2008, 12:00 am
By Biketi Kikechi
A prominent Uasin Gishu farmer, businessman and ODM politician, Mr Jackson Kibor, was arrested by police and flown to an unknown destination.
Tension remained high throughout Friday as impatient supporters and relatives of the elderly farmer camped at the police station demanding to know why he had been arrested.
More than 30 detectives in civilian clothes had also packed the precincts of the Eldoret Police Station.
A senior police officer later told The Standard the arrest was part of ongoing investigation on post-election violence.
"He has been escorted to an unknown destination where investigating officers are going to conduct a search," said Deputy OCPD, Mr Gabriel Kuya.
Kuya learned of the arrest from the media after returning to the station from field duties late in the afternoon and consulted the investigating team, who confirmed the arrest.
Independent reports later showed that Kibor was escorted to the airport, from where he was airlifted to Nakuru.
He had initially been taken to the Eldoret Police Station where he recorded a statement the whole morning and early afternoon.
Kibor was among elders who featured as speakers at ODM rallies in the North Rift in the run-up to the last General Election.
He was at one time the Ford Kenya National co-ordinator during the late Vice-President Kijana Wamalwa’s tenure as chairman of the party.
He later moved to Kanu and Ford People, where he played some high profile roles before taking a back seat only to resurface last year.
Police have arrested scores of people in the region in the past three weeks, but none has been charged with in court.