DPP warns Midiwo against disparaging his office

May 1, 2012 12:45 pm

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 1, 2012- The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko has warned Government Joint Chief Whip Jakoyo Midiwo to desist from politicizing matters before court.

The DPP was reacting to Midiwo’s statement that he will spill more beans on the alleged plot to assassinate Prime Minister Raila Odinga unless police open up a fresh probe on his revelations.

Speaking a day after jetting back from India, Midiwo accused the Criminal Investigations Department of shoddy investigations on his allegations that powerful individuals were plotting the Prime Minister’s murder.

The DPP said that it was unfortunate that Midiwo had resulted to personalised attacks noting that his office was simply doing its job in accordance with the law.

“I have read with disappointment Hon Jakoyo Midiwo’s utterances in the press. It is unfortunate that Hon Midiwo has resulted to personalised attacks…it is Hon Midiwo who rushed to the court and obtained temporary orders blocking his arrest and prosecution,” said the DPP in a statement.

The matter is scheduled for hearing next Friday and Tobiko urged Midiwo to be patient and wait to ventilate his arguments in the High Court noting that the Prosecution will also have a chance to state its case.

The DPP advised Midiwo to desist from attempting to influence the fair determination of the matter by the High Court and should allow the legal and due process to take its course.

Separately in Kisumu Midiwo, defended his utterances on the assassination claims saying that his statement on Monday in Kisumu was not an attack on the DPP but a matter of security.

The MP also called on National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende to invite police to institute investigations into allegations of bribery among MPs to defeat an amendment meant to cap interest rates in the Finance Bill.

Midiwo said that MPs from ODM and PNU parties who were compromised into defeating the amendment Bill should be investigated and punished.

He insisted that the Kenyan public must be safeguarded from the high interest rate being levied by the banks and castigated legislators who allegedly took Sh. 50,000 bribe to defeat the Bill.

Speaking during Labour Day celebrations at Moi Stadium in Kisumu, Midiwo maintained that the lending rates should not be more than four percent of the Central Bank of Kenya rate.

He further said that banks ought to have been forced to pay interest on deposits at a rate of at least 70 percent of the base rate set by the Central Bank of Kenya.

Last week Marende told Parliament that he had convened a meeting of the powerful House Powers and Privileges Committee to look into claims that some MPs have been soliciting bribes in order to perform their duties.

In his communication to the House, Marende said that the Parliamentary Privileges team will not be used to protect any MP from the criminal charges of a corruption nature

Marende also directed that Finance Assistant Minister Oburu Odinga and Gwasi MP John Mbadi to record their allegations that Mutito MP Kiema Kilonzo had solicited for a bribe from a multinational company in order to drop a question filed in parliament with the Police Commissioner for investigations.

Gichugu MP Martha Karua also told the house that MPs from the PNU and ODM were paid off at separate venues in order to support the passage of the Finance Bill.


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