Sonko grilled over alleged drugs link

December 28, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 28 – Makadara Member of Parliament Gidion Mbuvi alias Mike Sonko has recorded a statement with police investigators following allegations that he had links with the narcotics trade.

Mr Mbuvi was questioned by the Criminal Investigation Department officers at the CID Pavilion in the city\’s South C suburb over any role he might have in the illicit trade.

The lawmaker went to the CID Pavilion early on Tuesday morning and left shortly before 3pm.

He told journalists outside the premises that he had been summoned "to tell detectives his side of the story."

He said he was due to record a further statement at a later date.

Mr Mbuvi is among four MPs who were sensationally named in Parliament over their alleged involvement in drug trafficking.

Others linked to the illicit trade by Internal Security Minister Prof George Saitoti were Kisauni MP Ali Hassan Joho, Kilome MP Harun Mwau, Juja MP William Kabogo and Mombasa tycoon Ali Punjani.

All those implicated have denied any involvement and claim there is a plot to destroy their reputations and political careers.  Last week, Mr Mwau stepped aside as Assistant Minister for Trade as investigations into the allegations continue.

Before being named, Mr Mbuvi had claimed that he was harassed by police within the precincts of Parliament.

Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere however clarified that a team of investigators went to the MP\’s Parliament office purely to seek an interview with Mr Mbuvi in the course of their investigation into drug trafficking allegations.

Prof Saitoti\’s announcement ended weeks of speculation over the identity of the individuals the US government had fingered for alleged involvement in the illegal drug business.

US ambassador Michael Ranneberger had handed over the dossier to the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission director PLO Lumumba on November 24, containing what he claimed to be proof of the alleged involvement of some prominent Kenyans in the narcotics trade.


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