NAKURU, Kenya, Jan 17 – Higher Education Minister Margaret Kamar and Assistant Minister Magerer Lang’at on Tuesday separately denied allegations that they attended a meeting that resolved to have Miguna Miguna, a former advisor to the Prime Minister, killed.
The two have already recorded statements with the police following the claims made by Miguna.
Lang’at who is an Energy Assistant Minister recorded his statement at the Rift Valley Provincial CID headquarters on Tuesday, while Kamar appeared before the CID headquarters in Nairobi.
Addressing the media after a three-hour session with officers, Langat dismissed Miguna’s allegations as unfounded and a plot to destabilise the Orange Democratic Movement’s (ODM) operations in the Rift Valley.
He wondered why Miguna was targeting only strong ODM supporters in the region.
Lang’at who was accompanied by several civic leaders from Nakuru town, among them Mayor Mohamed Surao, said the allegations carried enormous malice intended to malign him and his reputation and asked the police to quickly take a comprehensive statement from Miguna.
The assistant minister said the reckless utterances and communication being made by Miguna was a wild political misstatement intended to prop and cover up Miguna’s failures as an advisor to the Prime Minister.
“The murder allegations are a serious matter that should be investigated by the relevant arm of the government to ascertain the truth,” added that the MP.
Speaking separately in Nairobi, Cabinet Ministers Franklin Bett and Kamar said they will move to court over the issue.
The two said they were not aware of the meeting where the alleged plot to kill Miguna was hatched.
Kamar said they had instructed their lawyers to take legal action against Miguna and called on the police to speedily investigate the matter.
“My appeal is that we don’t allow busy bodies to tarnish people’s names especially using such serious allegations. I would like to appeal to the CID and police to investigate this matter thoroughly and bring to book whoever stated the story.”
The Higher Education minister said she returned to the country from an official trip in London last Friday and spent the whole weekend resting.
Bett, who had accompanied his Cabinet colleague, rubbished claims by the former adviser saying he harboured no grudge against Miguna to want to plot his elimination.
Bett also said that together with his colleague, they would raise the matter with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, adding that he would not leave Miguna to go scot-free over the issue.
“He has started a fire in the PM’s Office, where he says he will take the PM down and now he is starting another fire by claiming that we are planning to kill him. He is mistaken if he thinks we are going to take this lying down. We are going to put him to task, so that he can substantiate why he is making all this malicious claims about us,” said the Roads Minister.
Bett recorded his statement in Kericho on Sunday and also denied being part of the alleged meeting.
On Monday, Miguna alleged that there was an ODM strategy meeting in Eldoret last Saturday to discuss his elimination.
Through a short text message sent to the media, Miguna further stated that the meeting had been chaired by a minister and that representatives of Bett and those of Lang’at were present.