Francis Mureithi was on Thursday morning, July 22, arrested during a midnight raid at his home in Nairobi.
Mureithi is an ally of Deputy President William Ruto, who is reported to have coordinated UDA’s logistical needs in the Kiambaa by-election.
UDA communications representative Wanjohi Githae confirmed that the politician was being transferred to Western Kenya where he would be arraigned in court.
He is accused of being involved in an accident in the Western Part of the Country but some of his supporters insist that the matter was settled amicably.
“(He was arrested because of) some issue in Western Kenya but our team is on it. He was arrested in Nairobi overnight while at his home.
“He will be arraigned in Western but Police have not communicated. Our lawyers are still trying to find out. We saw the police arrest without giving full information so we are still trying to find out,” stated Githae.
Our efforts to get a statement from his immediate team was futile since his phone was switched off.
Mureithi lost the Embakasi East Parliamentary seat to Owino after the Supreme Court of Kenya upheld the latter’s victory during the 2017 general election.
Since then, the aspirant has had run-ins with law enforcement including a 2020 arrest where he was charged with Ksh300 million fraud.
The politician was accused of obtaining the colossal amount from an Eritrean national after promising to help him win military tenders.
He, however, denied five counts including forgery and conspiracy to defraud.
He allegedly committed the offense in November 2016 and was released on a cash bail of Ksh 5 million or a bond of Ksh10 million.