DPP absolves Kimemia of CORD rigging claim

March 25, 2013 2:26 pm
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The DPP said he fully agreed with the CID that the file should be closed for lack of evidence/FILE
The DPP said he fully agreed with the CID that the file should be closed for lack of evidence/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 25 – The Director of Public Prosecutions has directed the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to end a probe into claims by the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) that government officials led by Civil Service boss Francis Kimemia were involved in a plot to rig the March 4 General Election.

DPP Keriako Tobiko says that after reviewing a file sent to him by CID Ndegwa Muhoro, he concurs that there is no evidence to show that Kimemia or any other government official were in any way involved in an attempt to rig the elections.

“I have carefully analysed the evidence contained in the submitted duplicate inquiry and considered your recommendation thereon. Having done so, I am in full agreement with you that there is neither direct nor circumstantial evidence supporting the allegations herein,” Tobiko asserted.

The DPP said he fully agreed with the CID that the file should be closed for lack of evidence.

“I have also noted that the allegations have been the subject of a parallel inquiry by IEBC (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) in terms of its constitutional and legal mandate. In the premise, I accept your recommendation to have the inquiry file closed with no further police action,” he said.

The Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) had filed a complaint at the CID headquarters accusing Kimemia, Internal Security Permanent Secretary Mutea Iringo, National Intelligence Service Director Michael Gichangi and Chief of Defence Forces General Julius Karangi of having held meetings to rig the election.

But after investigations, the CID director wrote to the DPP saying there was no evidence to prove any of the claims.

Before the General Election on March 4, CORD filed a complaint with the CID claiming that there were plans by government officials and Jubilee to rig the elections.

There is a court petition filed by Prime Minister Raila Odinga and civil society groups challenging the announcement of Uhuru Kenyatta as the president-elect.

The petitioners allege that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission did not conduct a free and fair election hence Kenyatta did not win the election.

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