Former Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya was briefly arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in connection with the anti-government protests led by the opposition on Wednesday.

The announcement was made by Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party Leader Raila Odinga during a media address on Thursday afternoon.

Oparanya, who was among the Azimio leaders spearheading the demonstrations in the Western region, confirmed the arrest but was later released after being questioned for about two hours at the Kakamega police headquarters. He recounted the details of the incident during a press briefing following his release.

According to Oparanya, he was on his way from Kisumu to Bungoma when his vehicle was unexpectedly intercepted by three cars carrying armed occupants.

The individuals pointed their guns at him, forcibly removed his driver from the vehicle, and commandeered it.

Oparanya explained that one of the assailants identified himself as a CID officer and claimed that the opposition leader was required for questioning.

The former governor alleges that he was accused of utilizing a State-issued vehicle during the purported incident.

However, he refused to provide a statement, and his lawyer, Echesa, recorded it on his behalf.

Oparanya further expressed his confusion as the DCI officers failed to provide a clear explanation for his arrest.

It later turned out that he was arrested for allegedly using a Kakamega County Government vehicle for the anti-government vehicle.

Describing the situation as an act of terrorism, Oparanya's lawyer strongly criticized the treatment of his client and demanded the immediate return of the impounded vehicle.

He warned that legal action would be pursued against the DCI if the request was not met within 24 hours. Echesa emphasized that his client's rights had been violated and condemned the alleged harassment and intimidation.

Raila criticized the government's actions and challenged the security agencies to arrest other Azimio leaders who participated in the demonstrations. Odinga's remarks reflect the growing tensions between the opposition and the government.

The anti-government protests organized by Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition have been gaining momentum in recent weeks, with supporters expressing their discontent with the current administration.

The arrest of Oparanya has only intensified the political climate and raised concerns about the freedom of expression and the rights of opposition leaders.

As the situation unfolds, questions remain regarding the motive behind Oparanya's arrest and the actions of the DCI officers.

The opposition continues to advocate for justice, while the government's response to these allegations is eagerly awaited.

Oparanya's arrest and subsequent release have added fuel to the fire of the anti-government protests led by the opposition.

The incident has raised questions about the treatment of opposition leaders and the use of state resources.

As the political landscape continues to evolve, the nation eagerly awaits further developments and responses from both sides.