, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 28 – Former MP and Assistant Minister Betty Tett will not face charges for allegedly conspiring to murder advertising executive Andrew White.
State Counsel Mungai Warui on Friday informed the Senior Resident Magistrate at the Kibera Law Courts that investigations had revealed the information provided to them by one John Wachira Linus was false.
According to his charge sheet, Linus “informed Joseph Ondoro, a superintendent, that he was hired by Betty Tett to kill one Andrew Laird White, which information you knew to be false intending thereby to cause or knowing it to be likely that he would thereby cause the said Superintendent Joseph Ondoro to arrest the said Hon. Betty Njeri Tett which the said Superintendent Joseph Ondoro ought not to have done if the true state of facts respecting which such information was given had been known to him.”
Linus was charged with conspiring to kill White on December 31 last year a day after he allegedly made the confession to the police.
But after finding the information he allegedly provided police to be false, the State on Friday applied to have the charges levelled against Linus amended to giving false information to a person employed in the public service and demanding money with menaces from White.
Linus stands accused of demanding Sh3 million from White in order not to kill him as he claimed he was contracted to do by Tett after a business disagreement.
“On December 25, 2014 at Lavington with menaces demanded Sh3 million from one Andrew Laird White with intent to steal,” the amended charge sheet reads.
Linus denied providing false information to the police and maligning Tett in order to extort Sh3 million from White.
Watching brief for White, Lawyer Cliff Ombetta had demanded that Tett “come to court” should Linus deny providing the police with false information on Tett’s role in the alleged murder plot.
Linus’ trial is scheduled to commence on October 21.