Probe begins into Kenya draft fraud

May 14, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – An investigation to establish how the Government Printer produced two sets of the proposed Constitution kicked off in earnest Friday, with seven senior officials recording statements.

These are officials who were charged with handling the document right from the time it reached the Attorney General’s office two weeks ago all through to the Government Printer where the actual printing is done.

Sources familiar with the investigation told Capital News that seven officers were interrogated on Friday.

“There is a sense of urgency in this investigation that is why we moved in quite fast; seven people have been questioned,” one police source based at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters in Nairobi said.

“More officials will be questioned over the weekend, we just want to understand how the whole process was carried out,” the source added.

He did not however, confirm if Amos Wako, the Attorney General was among those questioned on Friday.

The investigation was commissioned on Thursday by Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere following a directive by the AG who wants the issue investigated thoroughly.

Mr Iteere told Capital News he had set up a team of eight police officers to expeditiously carry out an investigation and unmask forces behind the illegal editing and printing of an estimated 20,000 illegal copies of the draft document.

The investigation follows an admission by Attorney General Amos Wako on Wednesday that there were two sets of the proposed law in circulation and that both had been printed by the Government Printer.

He disclosed that the flawed document had been tampered with under Chapter Four which covers the Bill of Rights specifically under Article 24 [d] where the words "national security" were inserted.

The AG has however, denied responsibility for the illegal insertion and instead blamed the National Security Intelligence Service (NSIS) which, he said, had approached him to have the section amended.

He then asked the police to step in and investigate the issue.


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