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Rights activist Okiya Omtatah disregards CID summons

NAIROBI
By - CYRUS OMBATI | August 2nd 2013

By CYRUS OMBATI

NAIROBI; KENYA: Civil rights activist Okiya Omtatah has now been summoned by CID over his association with the March Four Movement (M4M).

Mr Omtatah said yesterday he had been summoned by Inspector David Cheruiyot of the Serious Crimes Unit at CID headquarters but he had opted not to honour the summons.

He said he told the police to summon him procedurally, through writing, and tell him why they wanted him to meet them.

“It told him I am a busy man who is looking to earn a living and I need to know why they want me there on Thursday. They need to summon me in a proper manner,” said Mr Omtatah. He added that he had instructed lawyer Anthony Oluoch to respond to the CID and demand official summons.

Omtatah’s summons comes weeks after former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s chief campaigner, Eliud Owalo, declined to record statements with CID officers over allegations of a plot to destabilise the government.

Mr Owalo appeared at the CID offices last month and dismissed the claims as cheap propaganda being peddled by the government. He demanded to know his accusers amid claims that top security agents were behind them.

He said CID officers were upset after he penned an opinion article in the Sunday Standard calling for dissolution of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

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