Lamu, KENYA: Lamu ODM politician Rishad Amana has blamed political witch-hunt for his current predicament.
Amana is accused of delivering an inciting speech during an ODM rally at Mkunguni Square in Lamu town on March 18, 2017 and has so far recorded a statement over the same after he was summoned by the DCIs office.
On Tuesday,Amana arrived at the Lamu Police station accompanied by his lawyer Alfred Omwancha,fellow politicians and supporters where he recorded a statement over the incitement allegations.
A letter addressed to the politician from the Assistant Superintendent of police attached to the DCI in Lamu west William Ndirangu, stated that the office had enough reasons to believe that Amana had reliable information that would assist them complete investigations in a case of incitement contrary to section 13(f) and (1) of the elections offences act,2016.
During the interrogations that lasted for over two hours, video and audio clips of the politician’s alleged inciting speech were also played.
However, speaking in Mkunguni shortly after,Amana said his political rivals were behind everything that was happening but promised to come out unscathed.
Amana said it was unfair for the Jubilee government to keep frustrating the opposition for no apparent reason saying the situation portrayed symptoms of a weak democracy.
“They asked me questions claiming they wanted clarification on statements that I had previously made and I made sure to clarify everything. Know my enemies are at work but I assure them that am ready,” said Amana.
Amana said he is confident that the forces behind Mombasa governor Hassan Joho’s woes were the same ones behind his predicament.
He said it was immature that the Jubilee government was employing dirty tactics just to frustrate the opposition and accused president Uhuru Kenyatta for misusing the powers at his disposal as the head of state to attack those deemed threats to the Jubilee leadership.
“I remain unbowed.Let them do all they can and want but this time round we want to assure them that the election shall be fair and just in a manner desired by all Kenyans.Let Jubilee play it anyway they desire but we shall see at the ballot,” said Amana.
Amana becomes the third politician in Lamu County to be summoned for incitement after the 2016 incident where Mombasa court issued an arrest warrant for two Lamu MCAs, Bahari ward MCA Anthony Njomo and nominated MCA Monica Njambi after they failed to honor similar summons over incitement allegations.