Midiwo questioned over PM assassination plot

April 10, 2012 4:08 pm
The lawmaker who is also the joint government chief whip said he stands by the statement he made in Bondo at the weekend/MIKE KARIUKI

, NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 10 – Gem Member of Parliament Jakoyo Midiwo recorded a statement with the police on Tuesday over allegations of a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

The legislator spent two hours at the Criminal Investigations Department headquarters.

“I have given the police all the information that I have in regard to this matter and I am confident they are going to investigate it thoroughly,” Midiwo told journalists.

The lawmaker who is also the joint government chief whip said he stands by the statement he made in Bondo at the weekend.

“Yes, I stand by that statement; however I am not going to discuss those details with you.

I have told the police all they needed to know,” he said adding, “the life of any citizen including the Prime Minister cannot be taken lightly. This is a serious matter!” he said after recording a statement with CID’s Head of Investigations Mohammed Amin.

Midiwo has dared Foreign Affairs Minister Prof Sam Ongeri to sue him over the matter after the latter announced on Sunday he was consulting his lawyers with a view to seeking legal redress.

“I am telling Ongeri let us meet in court, he is the one implying that I have implicated him. I only asked him to clarify an issue. He is the one now trying to invite himself to this matter,” he said.

Midiwo was accompanied to the CID headquarters by Cabinet Ministers James Orengo (Lands), Anyang’ Nyong’o (Medical Services) and MPs Ababu Namwamba, Millie Odhiambo, Rachel Shebesh, Olago Oluoch, John Mbadi and Edic Anyanga.

“This is not an idle allegation. This is a serious allegation. We want this investigated. This country has a bad history of political assassinations (and) we can’t take lightly an issue involving the life of our party leader. As a party we are determined to ensure the issue is thoroughly investigated,” Namwamba said.


CID director Ndegwa Muhoro said a thorough probe on the claims made by Midiwo will be carried out. ”We will get to the bottom of this matter,” Muhoro said.

The probe was initiated following a directive issued to Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere on Monday by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Midiwo made the claims at a burial in Bondo on Saturday where he also mentioned the Foreign Affairs Minister.

Prof Ongeri has however denied the claims and announced plans to sue Midiwo.

Dozens of ODM supporters, some carrying placards of ‘Friends of Raila’ chanted ODM slogans at the CID headquarters main gate as Midiwo and the MPs drove in.


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