DPP Haji’s ‘Kamata Kamata Friday’ divides opinion on social media
Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot has blasted the Director of Public Prosecution’s Noordin Haji’s modus operandi of arresting high profile graft suspects on Fridays.
Speaking on NTV political show SideBar on Tuesday night, a hard-hitting Cheruiyot claimed Haji’s move to detain suspects over the weekend is unconstitutional.
“The law states that any suspect must be produced in court within 48-hours. Also, if you want to charge a politician or even high ranking civil servant, how about you slap him with court summons instead of detaining him over the weekend?” he posed.
‘KAMATA KAMATA FRIDAY’
Cheruiyot’s views were echoed by former lawmaker Jakoyo Midiwo who also appeared on the same show as a panelist.
“We have a regime in Kenya which used to arrest people, blindfold them then drive them around the country for days and torturing them to confess what they don’t know. That is when we decided to make this law subjecting the police to arraign suspects in court as soon as possible,” said Midiwo.
But then, Kenyans on social media seem to differ with many of them in seeing no fault in the trend which is now widely referred to as ‘Kamata Kamata Friday’.
Here are some of the comments:
Shockingly unbelievable. Senator @Aaroncheruiyot says that Civil Servants are forced to ‘toa kitu kikubwa’ or are threatened with ‘kamata kamata’ Friday. @ODPP_KE @DCI_Kenya @EACCKenya, how true is this? @KenMijungu @ntvkenya #Sidebar #DefendMyFuture
— Kevin Osido (@KevinOsidoEsq) December 11, 2018
#Sidebar what became of NYS 1 ?
Whoever shall come after 2022 should also revisit this scandal. Otherwise DPP can kamata on Fridays, release on Monday, latest Tuesday and by Friday again another scandal will have come to light @ntvkenya @KenMijungu
— DavyKN. (@IDayvie) December 11, 2018
— Ty (@tyrus_) December 7, 2018
#Sidebar kamata kamata must continue whether it’s Friday or any day..!!
— #BujuReturns (@kenyanski4ever) December 11, 2018
— frank kosh (@koshmich) December 11, 2018