Korogocho ward Member of County Assembly (MCA) Absalom Odhiambo aka Matakwey was on Monday, January 28, 2023 arrested in Nairobi for alleged incitement.
Odhiambo was arrested by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, three days after the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) summoned him over comments during a rally last week that were deemed inciteful.
The officers apprehended him after he presented himself at the NCIC headquarters at the Britam Towers in Nairobi’s Upper Hill area.
He was accompanied by his lawyer Apollo Mboya and Nairobi County Assembly Majority Leader Peter Imwatok at the time of arrest.
Odhiambo comments in question were made on Monday, January 23, during an Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party rally at the Kamukunji Grounds.
In a video clip of the event that was widely circulated on the internet, the MCA is heard criticising the Kenya Kwanza leadership while mobilising Azimio supporters for industrial action in the capital.
NCIC in a statement sent to newsrooms on Friday took issue with the ODM politician’s remarks, saying they invoked ethnic hatred.
“Political development in the last few days is creating unnecessary tension that if not well managed can plunge the country into chaos,” the commission’s Chairperson, Rev Samuel Kobia, said.
“A case in point is the utterances by Korogocho Member of County Assembly Hon. Absalom Odhiambo Onyango at the Azimio La Umoja Alliance rally at the Kamukunji grounds on Monday 23rd January 2022 which inter alia invoked ethnic hatred while inciting Kenyans to violence. Therefore, we have summoned Hon. Absalom Odhiambo Onyango to record a statement.”