Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa has been admitted to Karen Hospital for treatment after his health deteriorated at Muthaiga Police Station, where he had been held since Thursday evening.

Lawyers Danstan Omari and Cliff Ombeta confirmed to Taifa Leo that Echesa was transferred from Muthaiga Police Station to Karen Hospital on Saturday for medical care.

Meanwhile, a youth leader in the Mumias area has threatened to organize protests to demand Echesa’s release.

He alleges that Echesa is being victimized by the Kenya Kwanza government, which he campaigned against during the August 2022 general elections.

Abdalla Mushefa stated that the youth would stage massive demonstrations to compel the police to release Echesa.

“If Echesa is not released by Sunday, we will send a strong message to the world,” Mushefa told reporters in Mumias.

The youth leader argued that the police have no right to deny bail to a suspect who is unwell.

“We want to know why our brother was arrested and why he was denied bail. The police should not be used to settle political differences,” Mushefa said.

On Friday, lawyers Omari and Ombeta, together with Kakamega Senator Dr. Boni Khalwale, visited the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters to request Echesa’s release on bail or transfer to a hospital, citing his illness.

Echesa, who was arrested on Thursday, was initially detained at Muthaiga Police Station before being taken to the DCI for questioning over allegations of kidnapping and extortion.

Police said they were interrogating Echesa over allegations of threatening Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa. It is alleged that he threatened the governor and demanded money to prevent the circulation of a compromising video on social media.

Following his arrest, the suspect, who is also the chairman of the Kenya Water Towers Agency, informed the police that he was unwell and in need of urgent medical attention after undergoing surgery.

“Our client needs urgent medical attention. The police have refused to release him, and his condition has worsened,” Omari told reporters at the DCI headquarters on Friday afternoon.

However, on Saturday, the police took him to Karen Hospital for treatment.

Echesa is expected to appear in court on April 2, 2024.

In February 2024, the High Court ordered Echesa to be charged with the alleged sale of weapons worth Sh39.5 billion.

As these events unfold, concerned youth have expressed worry about Echesa’s condition and voiced their concern about the former minister’s well-being.

Echesa was arrested following allegations by a politician from Kakamega that he demanded money from him under duress.

Echesa was directed to report to the DCI for questioning, after which he was arrested and detained at Muthaiga Police Station.

The youth claim that there are individuals plotting against Echesa and have called on President William Ruto to intervene and put an end to the mistreatment of the water conservation agency chairman.