The High Court in Kitale on Monday issued temporary injunction restraining police from arresting West Pokot governor Prof John Lonyangapuo for aiding a suspect escape from lawful custody.
Judge Hillary Chemitei allowed a request by Lonyangapuo to restrain Director of Police, Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government and Director of Public Prosecution from arresting, detaining or charging the governor in court.
The judge also issued orders compelling the respondents to reinstate police officers seconded to guard governor Lonyangapuo and his residence.
The case will be heard interparties on December 13, 2018.
Through lawyer Peter Wanyama. Governor Lonyangapuo had sought orders to bar police from arresting him in connection with an incident that took place at a road block on the Kitale-Lodwar Highway.
On November 28, the governor allegedly confronted police officers at a road block near Safari Hotel on Kapenguria-Lodwar road and removed the metal spikers erected by policebefore ordering officers to unconditionally release a boda boda rider they had detained.
The governor was reportedly angered by police action to detained and handcuff the rider against his motorcycle
Several leaders from West Pokot led by speaker Catherine Mukenyang and leader of majority Mr. Thomas Ngolesia accompanied governor Lonyangapuo’s lawyer to secure the orders.
‘I hereby grant the applicant the orders sought pending the hearing of the case. The respondents are restrained from taking action against him,’’ the judge ruled.
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