Kenya police warn Muite over Mungiki remarks

November 11, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 11 – Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere on Wednesday warned former Kabete MP Paul Muite against making “reckless” statements over the murder of Mungiki Spokesman Njuguna Gitau.

He told a news conference that Mr Muite will have to explain the information he has over the murder of Mr Gitau after the former legislator said the police were behind the killing.

“Mr Muite has gotten into the habit of making weird allegations against the police and other citizens none of which he has ever cared to substantiate, his allegation he had foreknowledge of Njuguna’s murder and did nothing about it is unfortunate,” he said.

He accused the MP of making alarming allegations and said he will be required to explain what he knows about the killing.

However he was unclear if the police will ask him to record a statement saying: “Mr Muite has been making numerous allegations about police and other citizens and he never gives any evidence, we will not consider any statements from him since recording one will not change anything.”

Mr Iteere took the opportunity to appeal to the members of public to stop making allegations likely to interfere with an investigation into Mr Gitau’s murder.

He said good progress had been made to unravel the murder case with many people recording statements.

“”We are making progress but of greater concern are the utterances attributed to some person on this incidence, we would like to caution those involved in this irresponsible behavior because its effect is to cover up the crime. Presently some members of public who came out freely to give evidence have started shying away following these weird speculations,” he said.

Mr Iteere also pledged the commitment by police to fight criminal gangs in the country.

He said some people were threatening the police with prosecution by the International Criminal Court for imaginary extra judicial executions.

In its efforts to clear illegal gangs especially in Nairobi and its outskirts, he announced that police had accosted a gang in Dandora on Wednesday leaving five members dead but managed to recover two pistols and a sub machinegun.

He said following the shoot out, one police officer was hospitalised after he was seriously injured.

Mr Iteere said: “The police will leave no stone unturned until all the criminal syndicates are done away with.”


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