Former Sports CS Rashid Echesa has been arrested after surrendering himself at the Matungu police station.
Echesa has been on the police radar after he was caught on camera slapping an IEBC official at the Matungu by-elections on Thursday.
Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai had issued an ultimatum to Echesa to surrender by 1 pm on Friday, otherwise to be rendered “an armed and dangerous criminal”.
“The IG has directed Hon. Rashid Echesa who is on the run after assaulting an election official to surrender to the nearest Police Station by 1.00 pm this afternoon otherwise he will be treated as an armed and dangerous criminal,”police spokesman Charles Owino said in a statement.
According to the Star, Echesa surrendered himself at around 3 pm on Friday then transferred to Kakamega police station, under tight security.
Echesa was accused of slapping the IEBC official over allegations that the officer had kicked out one of their party agents at the Bulonga polling station.
Earlier, Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang’i announced that all politicians involved in the chaos witnessed during the March 4, 2021 by-elections would have their firearms suspended with immediate effect.
Speaking at the Kempinski Hotel in Nairobi on Friday, Matiang’i added that Chapter Six of the Constitution provisions would be implemented to ensure those leaders do not run for elective posts onwards.
““We will deal with this menace once and for all. We can’t have leaders paying bonds of Sh10,000 and wait for the (case) mention after around 10 months. By the time they are back to court, they have slapped 10 other people and constantly keep paying bonds,” Matiang’i said.
The March 4, 2021 by-elections happened in Matungu and Kabuchai constituencies, and in Huruma, London, Hell’s Gate, Kiamokama and Huruma wards.