Former Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya during a past press briefing.

Oparanya Released After Two Hours Grilling

Former Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has been released following his arrest by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Kakamega. The arrest took place while he was traveling from Kisumu to Bungoma.

Oparanya was interrogated for approximately two hours at the Kakamega police headquarters before being released. He alleges that the DCI detectives compelled him to provide a statement regarding his involvement in causing unrest and property damage during the anti-government protests in Busia on Wednesday.

“A friend of mine from Bungoma had invited me for dinner. When I was heading there my vehicle was waylaid by three cars whose occupants were armed,” Oparanya told the press after his release.

“All of them pointed their guns towards me. They then pulled my driver from the vehicle which they then commandeered. One of them said he was a CID officer and that I was required for questioning.”


According to Oparanya, he was accused of using a government-provided vehicle during the alleged incident. However, he asserts that he refused to give a statement, and instead, his lawyer, Echesa, provided the statement on his behalf.

Oparanya further mentioned that the DCI officers did not provide a clear explanation for his arrest, leaving the reason behind it unclear.

“My client was arrested like he was a terrorist. The regional DCI boss has failed to explain why my client was arrested. They have even impounded Oparanya’s vehicle; we are giving them 24 hours to return the vehicle because he is entitled to it,” Echesa said.

“If they don’t heed to our request, we will sue the DCI for harassing, intimidating and violating my client’s rights.”