Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has ordered investigations into the assault of an IEBC poll official during the Matungu Constituency by-election in Kakamega County on Thursday.  

In the Saturday communique to Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, Haji ordered a joint investigation into claims of violence and other electoral malpractices in the mini polls in Matungu Constituency and London Ward, Nakuru County.

This comes as former Sports CS Rashid Echesa was arrested after a video of him assaulting an electoral official went viral on social media.

Echesa was later moved to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) offices in Nairobi from Kakamega Police Station where he had been held overnight Friday.

Western Region Police Commander Peris Kimani had confirmed Echesa’s arrest and transfer to the Nairobi DCI offices over the assault.

At the same time, National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) on Saturday summoned 10 political leaders as it steps up its fight against political intolerance ahead of the 2022 General Election.

Among the 10 politicians summoned by the seemingly all bark and no action commission are Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga and Homa Bay Woman Rep Gladys Wanga.

The other politicians are MPs Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Feisal Bader (Msambweni), John Waluke (Sirisia), Fred Kapondi (Mt Elgon), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Charles Were (Kasipul) and Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini).

The violence witnessed during the by-elections held last week last week have evoked memories of the 2007 post election violence amid calls for stern action to tame  them.