Gumo may face charges over Moi’s stolen car

September 14, 2012 1:18 pm
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Keriako Tobiko says his office will interrogate the issue to determine whether to charge Gumo with the offence of handling stolen property/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 14 – The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is reviewing the police investigations file on former President Daniel arap Moi’s stolen car to determine whether Cabinet Minister Fred Gumo should face trial.

Keriako Tobiko says his office will interrogate the issue to determine whether to charge Gumo with the offence of handling stolen property.

Tobiko has also expressed disappointment with the manner in which police rushed to charge one of the suspects before they thoroughly investigated the matter.

He says his office had previously terminated a case against two suspects who were charged with the matter and directed the CID for further investigation.

The file was never returned to his office by the CID.

“We understand from media reports that police have rushed to charge one fellow and have not charged Gumo. I have directed a thorough review of the matter and if there is evidence then he will definitely face the appropriate charges,” Tobiko said.

Two suspects had earlier been charged over the theft of the motor vehicle but that case was terminated by the office of the DPP for lack of sufficient evidence.

The directorate of criminal investigations was then required to review the file and carry further investigations and report back the same for directions from the DPP but this was never done, according to Tobiko.

“I don’t want to speculate; that is why I have directed the CID to re look at the file and if there is evidence that somebody has committed an offence then they will be charged in court,” he said.

He says he learnt from the media reports that a businessman was charged with the theft of the vehicle yet the person who was allegedly found in possession was never charged prompting him to authorise proper investigations.

“I don’t want to speculate; that is why I have directed the CID to re look at the file and if there is evidence that somebody has committed an offence then they will be charged in court,” he said.

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