, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 4 – The Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro has been summoned to appear before a Kibera court on April 25 to give a report on ‘new’ evidence implicating former Assistant Minister Betty Tett in an alleged plot to kill advertising executive Andrew White following a business disagreement.
White through his legal representative told the court that he had made available new evidence obtained from private investigators and a whistle-blower, linking Tett to one John Linus Wachira who claimed to have been contracted by Bett to kill White, to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Aside from the whistle-blower, White makes reference to phone data records which he claims show contact between Tett and Wachira.
“Damning evidence,” which he submitted, he’d applied to have the DCI verify with the aim of re-opening charges against Tett having previously accused the investigating authorities of compromising the case against her; a submission which formed the basis of Magistrate Faith Mutuku’s summoning of Muhoro.
On August 28, 2015, the State informed the court that it would not be pursuing murder charges against Tett and would instead be prosecuting Wachira for providing false information to the authorities by accusing Tett of contracting him to kill White.
State Counsel Mungai Warui informed the Senior Resident Magistrate at the Kibera Law Courts that investigations had revealed the information provided to them by Wachira was false.
According to his charge sheet, Linus “informed Joseph Ondoro, a superintendent, that he was hired by Betty Tett to kill one Andrew Laird White, which information you knew to be false intending thereby to cause or knowing it to be likely that he would thereby cause the said Superintendent Joseph Ondoro to arrest the said Hon. Betty Njeri Tett which the said Superintendent Joseph Ondoro ought not to have done if the true state of facts respecting which such information was given had been known to him.”
Wachira was charged with conspiring to kill White on December 31, 2014; a day after he allegedly made the confession to the police.
But after finding the information he allegedly provided police to be false, the State applied to have the charges levelled against Wachira amended to giving false information to a person employed in the public service and demanding money with menaces from White.
Wachira stands accused of demanding Sh3 million from White in order not to kill him as he claimed he was contracted to do by Tett, after a business disagreement.
“On December 25, 2014 at Lavington with menaces demanded Sh3 million from one Andrew Laird White with intent to steal,” the amended charge sheet reads.