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.