Blogger Robert Alai has been arrested by land grabbers. The blogger, who was summoned by the CID to record statement over his Facebook and twitter posts following the grabbing of Langata and Ruai lands has been detained and will be taken to court tomorrow.
This is the second arrest in a span of two month, having been arrested in December and charged for calling President Uhuru’s development sewer projects in Kibera slums a ‘child’s play’, i.e, Kalongolongo. He was released on a cash bail of 200,000 shillings.
When Langata Primary School field was grabbed, Alai had connected the Singhs to land grabbing – a fact that was proven right when a day later Lands Cabinet secretary Charity Ngilu named a number of Singhs as the face of Lang’ata Primary School land grabbing.
To date, no Singh has been called by CID to record statement. Weston Hotel, which is believed to be owned by Deputy President William Ruto, and which the grabbing would have benefited for a car park, has also not been investigated for the crime.
Julie Gichuru, who not long ago was roasted for falsifying poverty in Luo Nyanza, threatened to take Alai to court for linking her husband to the grabbing. Sources indicate the husband had visited the CID headquarters shortly before Alai arrived, and gave instructions that the Alai be detained, in spite of the fact that Alai had actually honoured the CID summonses and presented himself.
During the Langata land grab, Alai took issue with Julie Gichuru who blamed ‘rented’ activists for using children to demonstrate, despite the school children having their playground grabbed. Activists had actually gone to assist the school children get their field back – both were teargassed – and four children admitted to hospital.
Corruption has won, albeit temporarily.