Video:Muthama son says sorry for detention of journalists and activists

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agnes-660x400The son of Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, Moses, has apologised for the detention of journalists and activists at his father’s house for more than three hours on Tuesday evening.

The younger Muthama said he ordered the gate locked as he was not sure who the visitors were.

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He was speaking to the journalists outside the house at 8pm, shortly after police rescued them.


Human rights lawyer Anne Njogu, who is the chairperson of an NGO, Centre for Rights Education and Awareness, and fellow lawyer Judy Thongori were among those detained.

Mr Muthama was not at home at the time, but arrived soon after the group had been freed by Kyumbi police boss Moses Oduor.

The guard only reluctantly opened the gate after Mr Oduor warned him about the consequences of not doing so.

“You either open the gate and get sacked, in which case we can defend you, or refuse to open it and be charged in court tomorrow with holding hostages,” Mr Oduor explained.

The journalists and activists had gone to the house after Senator Muthama’s wife, Ms Agnes Kavindu, complained she had been living in deplorable conditions for more than a month after electricity and water supply to the house were disconnected.

She said she had been using water from the swimming pool for bathing.

The doors to the house had been removed and the furniture taken to another house belonging to her son, she claimed.

Ms Njogu alleged there was “a concerted effort to evict Agnes from the house despite a court order restraining Senator Muthama from doing so”.

She said the issue was about human rights and dignity.

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