Midiwo under pressure to prove assassination claim

April 10, 2012 8:59 am
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Midiwo sensationally alleged a plot to assassinate the Prime Minister Raila Odinga saying that mercenaries had been hired to execute the plot/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 10 – Gem Member of Parliament Jakoyo Midiwo was due to appear at the CID headquarters on Tuesday morning to answer questions over claims he made about an alleged assassination plot against Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

This followed an order by the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko to Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere to launch a prompt investigation into the allegations.

Speaking to Voice of America, Tobiko said the claims will be investigated and that any proven perpetrators will be punished, regardless of their political connections.

“These are very serious allegations indeed particularly at this time when the country is just about to get started for the general elections,” he said.

“I have requested the Commissioner of Police to carry out a prompt and speedy investigation into these allegations to satisfy ourselves of their veracity.”

He said the lawmaker who made the allegations needed evidence to support his claims.

“I hope that the honourable Member of Parliament, when he speaks about these very extremely grave allegations, has evidence to support them,” he said.

He insisted that any proven perpetrators will be punished, regardless of their political connections.

“In the event there is actionable evidence to support the allegations against one or any other person alleged to have been implicated, the full force of the law will be applied irrespective of the office or status of the person involved,” he stated.

He added that his office would not take a false accusation lightly.

“We cannot afford in this country to entertain reckless utterances. If it turns out that the MP is simply trying to incite or excite the public, inflame the ground for political motivation, then there is a law that will be applied irrespective of the political affiliations that anyone of those parties belongs to,” stressed the DPP.

Midiwo sensationally alleged a plot to assassinate the Prime Minister Raila Odinga saying that mercenaries had been hired to execute the plot.

He spoke in the presence of the Prime Minister and Cabinet ministers Anyang’ Nyong’o, Dalmas Otieno and James Orengo during a funeral in Bondo District.

The Chief Whip did not disclose the nationalities of people who were to be involved in the plan but said he would record a statement with the police.

He went on to link Sam Ongeri in an alleged cover-up but the Foreign Affairs Minister robustly denied the claims and said he would take legal action against Midiwo.

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