, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 13 – The driver of Bungoma Senator-elect Moses Wetangula has termed as “lies and propaganda,” reports by the police that he has recanted an earlier statement that gunmen shot at the politician last Thursday.
Samson Nyukuri told a news conference that the Kilimani Deputy Divisional Criminal Investigations Officer tried to get him to sign a revised statement when he was summoned to the station.
He urged the police to go by the original statement which he is ready to defend anywhere.
“The officers at the Kilimani Police Station had a pre-determined mindset and my explanation to them seemed to be a waste of time. The Deputy DCIO even tried to coerce me to sign a document which they had prepared without letting me go through it for verification,” said the Senate Minority Leader’s driver.
Nyukuri maintained that Wetangula’s vehicle was shot at on Mbagathi Way.
“I maintained to them that the attack was a gunshot and that their theory of hitting a billboard is just a diversionary tact aimed at killing the whole matter without investigations.”
“I even visited the scene-of-crime on Mbagathi Road with the officer and it was evident that there was no way I could have hit the said billboard which was 27.5 feet high,” he stated.
Media reports suggested that the driver recorded a “further” statement that supported findings by investigators that Wetangula’s vehicle hit part of a billboard on the roadside as he was being driven on Mbagathi Way, Nairobi.
The Senator together with his driver and a bodyguard on Thursday night reported to the Kilimani Police Station that they had been shot at near the City Mortuary roundabout, minutes before 11pm.
Wetangula had just arrived in the city from Mombasa and was on his way home in Karen from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo announced over the weekend that preliminary investigations by the police and ballistic experts have indicated that Wetangula’s car was not shot at as had earlier been reported but hit an advertisement banner.