Ongeri questioned over Raila assassination plot

April 12, 2012 3:54 pm


Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Ongeri (seen here in a file photo) has denied knowledge of plot against the PM
NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 12 – Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department have recorded a statement from Foreign Affairs Minister Prof Sam Ongeri over claims by Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo that there was a plot to assassinate the prime minister.

The officers visited the Ongeri’s office on Thursday afternoon to get his comments after Midiwo mentioned him in allegations of a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Ongeri’s lawyer Justry Nyaberi Lumumba confirmed that the minister had recorded a statement with the CID but he did not provide further details.

The Head of investigations at the CID Mohamed Amin is leading the investigation that was ordered by Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko on Monday.

The probe was initiated after Midiwo claimed there was a plot to have Odinga eliminated. He went on to accuse Ongeri of being part of the conspiracy.

Midiwo was questioned by detectives on Tuesday. He was accompanied to the CID headquarters by several MPs, and emerged to say that he had provided the police all the information he had on the alleged plot.

He, however, did not disclose the details to journalists. Ongeri whom he publicly named when he made the claims in a funeral in Bondo last Saturday has given him seven days to apologise or face legal action.

“By making the remarks, you have tarnished my client’s name; we are therefore instructed to demand an apology from you within seven days,” a demand letter from the Minister’s lawyers said.

Midiwo has however, maintained that he stands by his remarks and has dared Ongeri to sue him.

Ongeri has denied knowledge of the alleged plot saying ”I am a believer in God, how can I be plotting to kill? Even my profession cannot allow me to do it.


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