By Abdiweli Adan
There was drama in Kitui town today after residents mistook 17 officials for terrorists and reported them to police who immediately arrested them.
Security officials acting on a tip off from members of the public arrested the officials who were clad in Somali attire as they approached M & M hotel and resort club seeking for accommodation.
They were then whisked away to local police stations but were later released after they were proved innocent.
Kitui Central district OCPD Kennedy Osando confirmed the incident saying the suspects turned out to be procurement officers of the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) who came for a seminar organized by their employer in Kitui town.
The officials were drawn from Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Tana River, Meru North, Mbeere, Tharaka-Nithi and Turkana Counties.
“We demanded for requisite documents including their passports and identity cards to verify whom they were and what they were doing in Kitui County. They produced the evidence and we released them after brief detention at the police station,” said Osando.
A senior NDMA official reportedly called the County commissioner seeking indulgence for their release after word went round of the officials’ arrest.
Mr. Osando said that Police were leaving nothing to chance after the deadly Garissa University terrorist attack that left more than 150 dead.