from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations on Saturday, July 25, arrested
two suspects believed to be behind authoring and publishing false information
about Interior CS Fred Matiangi on Facebook.
freelance journalist Isaac Kibet Yego and 19-year-old Emanuel Kimutai Kosgei
were arrested in Ngeria area, Uasin Gishu County, after claiming that CS
Matiangi had tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted in the Intensive
Care Unit (ICU).
says a laptop and two mobile phones used in publishing and disseminating the
information were confiscated during the arrest.
condemned the crime and warned Kenyans that those found committing the same
offense would be punished for going against the law as provided under the
extremely callous for one detached from sense of humanity to cause calculated,
choreographed, planned, coordinated, conspired panic, apprehension, shock,
devastation etc that may have far reaching consequences not limited to sudden
risks to life,” said the DCI.
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interview at his Harambee House office on Friday, July 24, CS Matiangi
dismissed the claims that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
that due to the level of their exposure, he took three tests, which all came
“If I was
sick of COVID-19, I will be the first to go public with it because there is
nothing to hide. I have been tested three times because our level of exposure
is high because of high interactions.
“I am not
made of metal; neither are my colleagues. We are human beings who get sick all
the time because we are not heavenly. We go to hospital all the time…” he said.
Interior CS, however, claimed that the malicious rumors caused distress in his
family and urged the DCI to take action.
“I feel for
my family. My innocent wife and children who have their own lives to live but
they have to endure this kind of rumours. They are private citizens who have to
pay a heavy price because one of them is in public service.
“I have told the DCI and the Inspector General of Police and they are trying to investigate. We hope that we shall get to the bottom of the situation,” he stated.