Kenya’s opposition National Super Alliance said one of its key strategists was arrested in Kwale and his whereabouts were unknown.
The Alliance said economist David Ndii was taken away from the Diani area on Sunday.
“The family was told he was taken to the Diani beach police station, but when they went there they were told he was not there nor did they know where he was. No reason was given for his arrest,” Salim Lone, an adviser for Raila Odinga, the coalition’s leader, said in a statement.
“NASA lawyers from Nairobi and the coast are trying to locate him,” he said, referring to the coalition by its acronym.
Charles Owino, a police spokesman, said he was unaware of Ndii’s arrest, as were police in Kwale.
“Police confirm they have David Ndii at Diani Police Station. But they want to go back to his Leopard Beach Hotel in Kwale and pick the computer and laptop for the information they need,” Dennis Onyango, Odinga’s spokesman, said on Twitter.
President Uhuru Kenyatta defeated Odinga in August, but Odinga challenged the election and a court voided the results, citing procedural irregularities, and ordered a fresh vote. The court’s decision was the first of its kind in Africa.
Odinga boycotted the October repeat poll, saying the country’s election commission failed to carry out sufficient reforms. Kenyatta won 98% of the vote.
Last week, Odinga said he planned to have a people’s assembly swear him in on December 12 – the country’s independence day – raising the prospect of confrontation with security forces.
Lone said Ndii was appointed chairman of a steering committee for the steering committee organising for Odinga’s planned swearing in.
“Why has @DavidNdii been arrested and where is he being held? Is he being permitted to speak to his lawyer? Is the rule of law and due process being respected?” Isaac Okero, the president of Law Society of Kenya, said on Twitter.