Two men believed to be police officers who had been detained by NASA security agents were released in unclear circumstances after almost 45 minutes in custody at their private tallying centre in Runda, Nairobi.
Joseph Shimekha, who chairs the NASA board responsible for agents coordination, said that the two had infiltrated journalists who had gone to cover a press conference and posed as media practitioners.
“We noticed that amongst the journalists, there were two suspicious characters who had gained access. I confronted them but realized they were not journalists because they were armed. An argument ensued but we managed to hand them over to our security officers manning the gate and alerted our legal team. They managed to produce their identification document showing they are indeed police officers from the DCI Gigiri,” Mr Shimekha said at the tallying center.
Earlier on, David Ndii had confirmed the incident during his address to journalists but did not provide more details.
“Sneaking into private property with intention of patrolling and snooping around is illegal. They claimed they were not armed but this shows their intentions are bad. This is supposed to be a political competition not a security issue because what we are doing is not illegal,” he said.
The officers were let go in unclear circumstances. They were driven away from the neighboring compound, where they had been taken to in two Subaru Forester cars.
Mr Shimekha, however, said that NASA would take extra measures to ensure their work is not frustrated by government agents including the police.