In Summary
  • Normally, summons on such serious allegations are made by DCI George Kinoti in writing.
  • Relations between the Ruto and Kenyatta factions in Jubilee appear to be heading to the cliff.

The long-running suspected split in the executive over the highly charged 2022 succession race has spilt into the open after four Cabinet secretaries from the Mount Kenya region were summoned to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) yesterday morning over an alleged plot to assassinate Deputy President William Ruto.

Ms Sicily Kariuki (Health), Mr Joe Mucheru (ICT) and Mr Peter Munya (Industry, Trade and Cooperatives) told journalists that they had received text messages from an officer, Mr Michael Sang, who is based at the DCI headquarters, asking them to present themselves to investigators over meetings they had been holding, allegedly to plan how to assassinate the DP.

RECORD STATEMENT

The fourth CS was reported to be away. None of the three recorded a statement.

Normally, summons on such serious allegations are made by DCI George Kinoti or head of the Serious Crimes Unit Joseph Kariuki and in writing. The DCI was not available to comment on the matter.

Mr Munya, who addressed the media shortly after the visit to DCI, said the allegations were very serious, terming them irresponsible and intended to portray the ministers in bad light.

“I would expect somebody in that office to do proper investigations. There are machineries to do that before making unsubstantiated and wild allegations of that nature,” said Mr Munya.

CRIMINALS

“They are intended to make us look like criminals who meet to plot criminal activities against the DP. They are also meant to injure our reputation as law-abiding citizens of this country,” added the CS.

The three ministers arrived at the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road at 8am and stayed there for about an hour before coming out to address the media. Sources at the DCI told the Nation the ministers had been seen at the Economic Crimes Department. The source added that there was no complainant in the matter on which the CSs were being investigated.

The trio were accompanied by principal secretaries Andrew Kamau (Petroleum) and Joseph Njoroge (Energy) and the secretary of the President’s Delivery Unit Andrew Wakahiu.

Relations between the Ruto and Kenyatta factions in Jubilee appear to be heading to the cliff. The assassination plot, whether real or imagined, could widen the rift.

ANONYMOUS LETTER

The summons to the Cabinet secretaries came in the wake of an anonymous letter that had been circulating on social media since last week, allegedly written to President Uhuru Kenyatta by a CS who was protesting against meetings convened by colleagues from Mt Kenya to plan how to stop Mr Ruto from becoming President.

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