(KDRTV) – Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai has issued an ultimatum to former Sports CS Rashid Echesa to surrender to the nearest police station or he shall be declared armed and dangerous.
Echesa was caught on camera assaulting an IEBC official in Matungu on Thursday morning. The official had allegedly blocked UDA agents from the polling station.
The former CS has gone into hiding since he learnt that police were looking for him. At least 15 officers pitched camp at his Mumias home but failed to arrest him on Thursday afternoon.
Mutyambai now wants Echesa to surrender or face the music. He is to surrender before 1:00 PM on Friday
“The IG has directed Hon. Rashid Echesa who is on the run after assaulting an election official to surrender to the nearest Police Station by 1.00 pm this afternoon otherwise he will be treated as an armed and dangerous criminal,” reads the statement.
ARREST OF POLITICAL LEADERS pic.twitter.com/a8NvTLahnw
— National Police Service-Kenya (@NPSOfficial_KE) March 5, 2021
Armed and Dangerous, means police can use force to arrest Echesa. The force may include using their guns to protect themselves and the public.
The police have told Rashid Echesa to report to the nearest police station by 1pm today or he will be considered armed and dangerous and the police won't be held accountable for what might happen to him. That guy is a walking sieve.
— Gabriel Oguda (@gabrieloguda) March 5, 2021
Mutyambai further directed police to confiscate firearms from politicians who misused their weapons during Thursday’s chaotic mini-polls. Echesa is a licensed firearm holder.
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