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Senator Linturi in court to stop DCI from arresting him over attempted rape allegations

In Summary

  • Linturi reportedly gave KSh200,000 cash and KSh800,000 cheque to couple.
  • High Court bars DCI, DPP from arresting, prosecuting Linturi

Meru Senator Mithika Linturi has moved to court to seek orders against arrest over attempted rape allegations made by Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

Senator Linturi is alleged to have sneaked into Beryl Akoth Owondo’s room at Maiyan Villas Hotel in Nanyuki on January 29, 2021 while her husband was out.

Akoth, her husband and friends had reportedly checked into the hotel and booked into Villa No. 5GB. Later that night, she retired to bed, leaving the door unlocked for her husband who was left with his friends.

According to DCI Boss George Kinoti, when the woman heard a knock around 3 am, she assumed it was her husband and did not switch on the lights.

“The person entered into the bed and started touching her breasts and vagina in an unusual manner,” Kinoti says in a statement.

Akoth allegedly tried telling off the person, who remained silent and continued with the act before later falling asleep.

She heard another knock at around 3:30 am, and this time it happened to be her husband. “On opening she found her husband standing at the door prompting her to switch on the lights since she was confused and perplexed,” DCI added.

Her infuriated husband raised alarm on the stranger lying on their bed. Akoth was in utter shock of the stranger she had assumed was her husband all along.

Their friends rushed to the room and identified the stranger as Senator Mithika Linturi. He had reportedly also booked into the villa room 5GML.

In an effort to calm the already escalating situation, Linturi allegedly offered the couple KSh200,000 in cash and cheque worth KSh800,000. He would later file an extortion claim report with Laikipia East DCI.

Consequently, the couple turned into suspects and filed a counter claim at DCI Headquarters. Interrogations were done and DCI said they were ready to make arrests.

High Court Advocate Charles Mwongela on August 11 sought for barring of DCI and the Director of Public Prosecutions from arresting and prosecuting Linturi on attempted rape allegations.

“Order restraining the 1st and 2nd Respondents, their agents and/or assigns from harassing, intimidating, arresting, charging and/or prosecuting the 1st Petitioner / Applicant with criminal offences relating to attempted rape and indecent act with an adult allegedly committed on 29.01.2021,” Mwongela said.

Linturi unaware of allegations

In his affidavit, the senator claimed he got wind of the allegations after seeing a letter written by DCI to Interior CS on May 6, a day prior to Senate committee summoning, but was never presented before the committee.

This came after Senate demanded answers from Interior Ministry on why Linturi was arrested while enroute to Senate on April 28.

During his presentation before the Senate Committee on National Security, Defence and Foreign Relations, “the Minister” allegedly failed to table the attempted rape allegations report from DCI.

Mwongela says the two “must have tactfully withheld and concealed the same.” Effectively, Linturi would have been arrested despite a previous court order barring his arrest on 37 counts of criminal offences claims.

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