MPs demand progress on drug barons probe

November 27, 2013 3:00 pm
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Suba MP John Mbadi had a sought a statement from the Interior Ministry why investigations have not been complete three years after some names were tabled in Parliament/FILE
Suba MP John Mbadi had a sought a statement from the Interior Ministry why investigations have not been complete three years after some names were tabled in Parliament/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 27 – The National Assembly Committee on Administration and National Security has summoned Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku, Attorney General Githu Muigai and Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko to appear on Tuesday and explain why investigations on alleged drug lords have taken long to be completed.

Suba MP John Mbadi had a sought a statement from the Interior Ministry why investigations have not been complete three years after some names were tabled in Parliament.

“Why do you investigate or put assets under surveillance of people you have no evidence to link to drugs? I thought the government would be investigating or putting under surveillance people linked to drugs? There is a contradiction,” said Mbadi.

The House team chairman Asman Kamama said those summoned will be required to explain further on how long the investigations will take and measures being taken to curb the drug trafficking menace.

Kamama said 10 individuals linked to the illicit trade were being probed, including four prominent leaders.

MPs questioned the logic of investigating the assets of the four leaders after their clearance.

“The inquiry had recommended further profiling and surveillance of the suspects and their assets through the guidance of the Attorney General and once the investigations are completed a report will be tabled in this House,” said Kamama.

This issue arose after a statement the late Internal Security Minister George Saitoti issued in Parliament in December 2010 which named five members of Parliament as suspected of involvement in drug trafficking.

Before his death in June 2012, the late Saitoti presented a preliminary police report which absolved the five of any involvement in the drugs but insisted that investigations are still going on.

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