Adopted from a Capital Fm Exclusive-08/10/08
Corroborated by interviews with some Rift Valley MP’s who have even begun taking a tally of those released so far.
“A number of the youth that we had asked for have been released and are now back home. We are still taking stock of whether there are still more who are likely to be in police custody,” said Isaac Ruto of Chepalungu.
The suspects were arrested for offences ranging from arson attacks, malicious damage to property, and incitement, among others.It is said that they did not appear in court to face any of the counts they were arrested for.
Then just why were they arrested and where were they being held prior to their release?
When we put that question to Police Spokesman Kiraithe, he changed tack and even denied that the said suspects were ever in custody.
“Our position remains that we really did not have any young men in our police cells and therefore, we cannot be releasing any young men we do not have,” he stated, adding that the matter was being dealt with by the Commission of Inquiry into Post Election Violence (CIPEV).
Isaac Ruto made remarks that tied into Kiraithe’s version: “We do not know exactly whether there was a general release because when we ask them (the youth) most of them do not exactly know whether they are expected to go back or not. And they do not seem to be having any papers showing they have been released on bond or whichever arrangement.”
Though he could not state the exact number of those so far released, Ruto is categorical that the youth who have been set free are more than the ones missing.