Police have arrested two suspects believed to have put up a post claiming that Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i had contracted COVID-19 and was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
33-Yr-Old Isaac Kibet Yego; a freelance journalist & 19-yr-old Emanuel Kimutai Kosgei were today arrested by @DCI_Kenya SSU and CR&IB Detectives at Ngeria in Eldoret being suspects of authoring and publishing False information about a senior government official. pic.twitter.com/pC5Bpo1xwd
— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) July 25, 2020
The two; Emmanuel Kimutai Kosgei alias Kemxy aged 31 and his 19-year-old brother Isaac Kibet Yego, were arrested on Saturday by Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives at Ngeria area in Uasin Gishu County.
According to the DCI, police recovered a laptop and mobile phone linked to publication of the social media post from the suspects.
Dr. Matiang’i on Friday dismissed the reports adding that he had filed a complaint with the National Police Service to establish the source of the rumours.
“I have told the DCI and the Inspector General of Police and they are trying to investigate. We hope that we shall get to the bottom of the situation,” he said in an interview at his Harambee House office on Friday.
The CS pointed out that he has so far undertaken three COVID-19 tests, adding that he would not hesitate to publicly announce his status should he contract the virus.