, KISUMU, Kenya, Nov 12 – Nyakach MP Aduma Owuor whose parents were killed in an attack last week has recorded a statement with the police over death threats he says were sent to him via a text message on Monday night.
This is the second time the MP has complained of death threats having first done so before his father and step-mother were killed in what he believes was a revenge attack by cattle rustlers.
“I came to record that to be investigated. I’ve already done that via OB number 36 of today,” he told journalists outside the Kisumu police precincts on Tuesday.
Even having done so, he accused the police of not taking the threats to his life seriously adding that they were instead investigating him on suspicion of retaliatory attacks against those he thought were to blame for his parents’ death.
“It is common knowledge, I’ve also raised it on the floor of House, that there’s no love lost between me and the PCIO. I also gathered early today that the DCIO purportedly on the instruction of the PCIO has been circulating messages that I have been planning to carry out a revenge attack,” Owuor accused.
Adding that it was another matter he had gone to pursue at the county police headquarters, “I do not know the people who made that complaint to them so I came to raise that issue and to record my statement.”
He also accused the police of laxity in their investigation of his parents’ death saying contrary to police reports no suspect has been apprehended.
“Last weekend the (Interior) Minister (Joseph) ole Lenku was around town and I know he was misled by the security apparatus that 10 people had been arrested (because) when I went round I realised that when that statement was made by the Minister nobody had been recorded in any OB within the county,” the MP alleged.
He also claimed that neither he nor any member of his family had been asked to record statements over the death of his parents.
“I’ve not been requested even to record any statement, no inquiry has been made from our family,” he said.
Kisumu County CID boss David Cheruiyot however maintains that 10 suspects were taken into custody on suspicion of involvement in the killing of the Nyakach MP’s parents.
“We had more than 10 but we scaled them (down) after interrogation one-by-one and now we have less than 10 but we are going for some more,” Cheruiyot said.