The CS Interior Fred Matiang’i has said the brazed attack on former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s chopper was elaborately planned.
Matiangi was speaking on Tuesday to the Parliamentary Committee on Administration and National Security.
He said preliminary investigations have revealed there were extensive meetings for meticulous planning and funding of the incident that occurred last Friday in Kabenes, Uasin Gishu County.
"It was planned because we have arrested suspects with a lot of money in Sh50 notes. Clearly, there must have been some choreography behind that because it's not coincidental that the suspects had so much money in the same denominations, and some of them were distributing it around that particular time," he said.
He told the committee that 17 suspects are in custody and are helping the police with the investigations.
Matiang'i also said 2 members of Parliament and an Uasin Gishu County official have also been probed by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over the incident.
Matiang'i also said they are still following other leads that he was not able to disclose to the committee.
Matiang’i told the committee that such incidents were isolated and the political activities in the country have so far been peaceful.
The Interior CS pointed out that such incidents as those that involved Deputy President William Ruto that took place in Kondele in Kisumu County and Busia Town were few instances of crowd trouble and were contained effectively.
However, Matiang’i also warned of rampant voter bribery and crowd renting, which involves the movement of supporters to political rallies that are threatening the peace and training security resources.
"Politicians are spending money to pay youths and move huge groups of people and ferry others at night. This phenomenon of renting crowds and trying to posture for popularity or what you may call pretended populism is what is actually going to hurt us," Matiang’i warned.
Matiang’i guaranteed Kenyans that the government has put enough resources in place to secure the August general elections and will match the needs of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to ensure peaceful polls.
"We have more resources than we had in 2017. We have more personnel than we had. Our police-to-population ratio has significantly reduced and we are prepared and sufficiently resourced to support the conduct of the general elections," the CS said.
The CS also revealed that 25 per cent of policing resources are dedicated to operations and conflict resolution mechanisms in the volatile North Rift and North-Eastern regions.
He cited political incitement, the proliferation of illegal firearms, and high levels of literacy as the major causes of ethnic clashes.