Rubia sues State over detention

Former Cabinet minister Charles Rubia has sued the government for compensation over his detention 20 years ago during the struggle for multipartyism.

Mr Rubia in court documents said the actions by government agents during President Daniel Moi’s regime contravened his rights and freedom.

He is asking for compensation for general and moral damages and for medical costs incurred following torture while in detention.

“The petitioner humbly prays for a declaration that the petitioner is entitled to the payment of damages and compensation for the violation and contravention of his fundamental rights and freedoms,” states the court document which lists the Attorney General as the only respondent.

In his petition, the 88-year-old says he was arrested and detained for five days in 1987 while serving as Starehe MP for allegedly sponsoring and financing the Mwakenya movement and importing guns with intentions to overthrow the Moi government.


He also says that he was arrested by Special Branch officers in 1990 and detained for nine months for pushing for introduction of multi-party democracy.

He says he was blindfolded, kept in dark underground cells at Nyayo House, stripped naked and tortured physically and mentally.