Vocal lawyer Miguna Miguna has rubbished the renewed war against narcotics claiming powerful government officials were the major accomplices of the drug dealers.

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This is after Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i visited Mombasa on Sunday and declared war on drugs and ordered security officers to conduct raids in dens and homes of suspected drug barons.

Barely a day after the announcement, police raided the residence of suspected drug kingpin Ali Punjani in Nyali, Mombasa, but they did not nab him or found any drugs.

It was reported the tycoon was in India where he was undergoing treatment after heart surgery.

Miguna faulted the manner in which the raid was conducted, claiming the Interior CS's advance visit and pronouncements were to signal drug dealers of the planned police operation.

"Fred Okengo Matiang'i and Ouru are part and parcel of the criminal cartels in Kenya. Matiangi's visit to Mombasa was choreographed to give security cover for drug dealers and ensure that they were safe in India, Dubai and other places," he tweeted on Tuesday.

"If police warn drug dealers before conducting fake raids it means that the police and the drug dealers are partners in crime and wanted to give the drug dealers enough time to hide the drugs and to escape. We are not stupid," the outspoken lawyer added.

Mombasa Police Commander Johnston Ipara said they arrested Punjani's wife and two men of Nepalese and Indian origin and were put in custody to help with investigations. 

“We believe these people were hiding here when we came yesterday (Monday). We were denied access and yet they were in here. They are our suspects and we are going to interrogate them further,” said Ipara as quoted by Nation.