Court Issues Directive to IG Koome in Okiya Omatatah’s Row With Ruto

The High Court has ordered Inspector General Japhet Koome to allow Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah to record a statement over alleged death threats issued by President William Ruto.

Justice EC Mwita issued the orders today in a case filed by Omtatah on December 29, 2023.

“It is hereby ordered that the pleading be served,” read part of the court order.

Furthermore, Justice Mwita of the Milimani High Court directed IG Koome to file a response within 14 days of being served with the notice. 

A photo collage of President William Ruto (left) and Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah


The matter will be mentioned before the court on January 24, 2024, for further directions. 

Omtatah claimed that he was chased away by police officers at Nyanchwa Police Station on December 19 after attempting to accuse Ruto of issuing death threats against opponents of the Housing Levy. 

After a failed attempt to convince the officers to allow him to record a statement, he headed to Mosocho Police Station, where he was once again chased away. 

He thus turned to the Judiciary as a last resort in his effort to seek legal resort and pressure the police to grant him his rights. 

In the notice filed in court, Omtatah alleged that Ruto made death threats remarks against him and other stakeholders during a ceremony in Mosocho, Kisii, on December 16.

Ruto warned that he would not relent in his quest to achieve his legacy and, as such, received a sword from his predecessor that necessitates him to handle individuals opposing the housing levy.

“You know I was given a sword. Do you think it’s for cutting vegetables? It’s for dealing with all these crooks here. I will uproot them completely, and Kenya will move forward,” Ruto stated. 

President Wiliam Ruto reading his speech at Kasarani after being sworn in as Kenya’s fifth president on September 13, 2022

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