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Arrest of the wrong man raises questions

Publication Date: 6/15/2008

The arrest of a man by the police this weekend on suspicion of being alleged Rwandan war criminal Felicien Kabuga raises some questions about police methods and the credibility of the force in the eyes of Kenyans.It is not clear when the man was taken into custody, the assumption was that it was on Friday. Between then and yesterday afternoon, the police played a merry game of quiet denials, equivocation and a barrage of leaks.

At the end of the day, it was announced that the man in custody, while Rwandese, was actually a lecturer at the University of Nairobi. How difficult is it to pick up the phone and ask the university whether they have such a person on the staff?

On what justifiable grounds did they take this person into custody? And how many of these high profile “suspects” are we going to see in the future?

What this case demonstrated is that few are willing to believe and trust the police.

And the force, and its antiquated management of information in the age of instant communication, is squarely to blame.

Kenyans do hope that this embarrassing Kabuga business will be put to rest soon.

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Secretary general of Chama Cha Mwananchi. This blog www.chamachamwananchi.wordpress.com, is based in Sweden.


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