Just when the BBI bill was being tabled before the Senate on Wednesday for discussion by members summoned on a special sitting, news of Meru Senator Mithika Linturi’s arrest hit the headlines. Within no time, speculation was rife, with different theories of his detention spreading across social media like a wild fire.
Senator Linturi is one of the harshest critics of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s regime, having served it for eight years, from 2013 to 2019. He leans toward Deputy President William Ruto plus his UDA outfit, and a section of social media users tried to connect the arrest to his association with Ruto. Erroneously so.
However, we can reveal why Mr. Linturi was arrested on April 28th.
On March 7th, detectives from the anti-fraud department dropped a draft charge sheet containing 38 counts of forgery. Aware of his impending arrest, the Meru Senator dodged police dragnet after an employee tipped him of the impending arrest.
Mr. Linturi would then rush to court to file an application to seek its protection against his impending arrest, over claims of forgery by his estranged wife, Ms. Marriane Keitany. One of the accusations by Ms. Keitany is, Mr. Linturi used forged signatures to secure a Sh530 million loan from Family Bank, with her (Ms. Keitany) properties as collateral.
According to a forensic audit report filed before the High Court, Ms. Keitany’s signature was forged to secure loans from Family Bank using properties owned by Baron Estates.
Baron Estates is partly owned by Ms. Keitany under the name Litany Investments.