Addressing journalists, Maangi, who is a vocal ally of Deputy President William Ruto, maintained that the accusations leveled against him were fabrications created by his political detractors.
In a conversation with kenyagist.com on Tuesday, March 17, the Deputy OCS at Kisii Central Police Station confirmed that they expected Maangi to record a statement.
Deputy President William Ruto is received by Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka (Far right) and Kisii County Deputy Governor Joash Maangi (left) at a prayer service in Bobasi, Kisii County on November 28, 2018
“He is expected to record a statement in line with ongoing investigations. A file had already been opened and there is a complainant in this matter.
“The summon is just part of the procedure. Of course, he is innocent until proven guilty,” he explained.
Maangi is expected to shed more light on the alleged assault which took place at his Riagongera rural home in Bomachoge Chache, Kisii during Christmas celebrations in December 2019.
“The allegation is absolutely not true. It’s a pure fabrication, but because I’m a law-abiding citizen I’ll be there at 10 a.m. to make my statement.
“This is the normal witch-hunt which I have said before, and which you know. There are forces behind it and they will come out, at the opportune time they will come out.
“It is obvious that somebody is manipulating her (the complainant), but the truth will come out. It is the normal witch-hunt against some of us who have remained steadfast in what we believe in,” he stated.
Maangi has largely been perceived as the deputy president’s point-man in the Kisii region, particularly with the ongoing push by allies of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga to popularise the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report which has attracted criticism from Ruto.
Maangi, who was in the company of his lawyer, stated that about 10 officers arrived in his compound and claimed they had been instructed to tow away his official vehicles.
“My staff told them there was no need to tow away the vehicles. They were given the keys and drove away with the cars,” he told reporters on January 10.
Deputy President William Ruto pictured alongside Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi during a ceremony at the Gusii Stadium on May 30, 2019