One of Kenya's most colorful political figures is suing the state for unlawful detention during Moi era

Mr Rubia, was arrested twice during President Moi’s regime

Mr Rubia, who was arrested twice during President Moi’s regime, said although he cannot quantify the amount of his losses, the amount is for special and general damages for infringing on his rights and freedom.

He said he spent Sh12 million between 1991 and 1999 and a further Sh30 million for medical expenses, upon his release.

Looking frail but still sharp, Mr Rubia told Justice Chacha Mwita that during the detention, he suffered poor health and his family was devastated because no one wanted to be associated with them.

Among the investments and positions he lost as a result of his detention were Peponi School, Rweru General Stores and he had to relinquish his directorship at Co-operative Bank and ICDC as well as Provincial Insurance, now known as UAP Insurance.

Mr Rubia was arrested together with veteran politician Kenneth Matiba and detained for agitating for the return of multiparty politics.

Mr. Rubia joins other second liberation heros like Koigi Mwamwere who have sued the state and won millions of shillings as compensation.

Mr. Matiba was last year awarded about Sh1 billion for his unlawful detention in the early 1990s and collapsed business empire.

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