Chief Executive of Criminal Investigation Directorate Mr. Ndegwa Muhoro who has demanded apology from Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdulahi over statements he made which he believes injured his person.
BY SAM ALFAN.
CID boss Ndegwa Muhoro has demanded an apology from Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdulahi over statements he made which he believes injured his person.
Mr Muhoro was referring to an article written by lawyer Ahmednasir regarding an alleged Tatu City scandal that the DCI was said to have tried to shield his cronies.
Ahmednasir’s letter sent on March 8 accused Muhoro of receiving a bribe of Sh50 million and a further 300 acres to prosecute the foreign investors instead of pursuing Nyagah.
Ahmednasir, the lawyer for the foreign investors in the Tatu City project, made the claim in a letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko which was copied to President Uhuru Kenyatta, DP William Ruto and Chief Justice Willy Mutunga among others.
In a detailed letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko, the foreign investors claim Muhoro and the alleged defrauders plotted a parallel investigation to manufacture evidence and exonerate the culprits. They claim an agreement was reached to pay a Sh50million bribe to Muhoro with a promise to be allocated 300 acres after securing liberty for the alleged fraudsters.
Foreign investors told the court that the DCIO had been colluding with minority local shareholders to illegally defraud them of land which is part of the development of Sh240 billion Tatu City.
The aggrieved shareholders have demanded prompt investigations into Muhoro’s alleged involvement in corruption; bribery and abuse of office by seeking to shield their local partners who have attempted to alienate and transfer more than 2,000 acres of land to third parties.
Tatu city is under investigations on forgery and fraud allegations.
Ndegwa Muhoro has angrily denied allegations by lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi that he has been paid to drop investigations into the actions of former CBK governor Nahashon Nyagah and seven others over the Tatu City project.
The DCI said that they were waiting for advice and directions on the matter from the the office of the Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko.
The CID boss said that the lawyer had no reason whatsoever to make such injurious insinuations.
Muhoro said that matter was investigated and the files forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecution in September seeking for legal advice.
“I have instructed my lawyers to institute a proceeding against all those people that participated in authoring the articles should they fail to comply with my demands,” asserted Muhoro.
The DCI Head said that the articles were authored in the most uncivil, barbaric and atrocious language and termed it as libellous.
“The letter goes beyond the doctrine of fair comment and constructive criticism which make it amount to libel,” said Muhoro and demanded for apology within three days failure to which he will file a case in court.
He said the letter is an attack to the entire Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and not only to his reputation, academic qualification and integrity.
Mr. Muhoro confirmed that he underwent vetting process by National Police Service Commission as mandated by the relevant Act(s), before being appointed.
“Any other insinuation to the contrary by the authors of that article is a demonstration of their poverty of honesty,” added Muhoro.
Muhoro stated that he is only answerable to the Inspector General of Police and cannot therefore he cannot receive instructions on how he conduct his duties from members of the public, lawyers, cartels or any other person purporting to hold a higher moral ground.
He then assured the public that his office will not shy away from the performance of its duty just because it has produced results that did not seem favourable to some individuals or cartels very well known.
“We demand that you direct the Inspector-General of Police to start fresh investigation, under an independent and transparent system, to probe the circumstances under which our clients were defrauded of the land,” Ahmednassir said in the letter that is copied to President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaiserry, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga and diplomats.
Interestingly, the Court of Appeal recently upheld the decision by Tatu City Ltd and Kofinaf Ltd to pull out of all the commercial disputes lodged by Nyagah and industrialist Vimal Shah.
Appellate Judges Erastus Githinji, Martha Koome and G.B.M. Kariuki ruled that seven directors of the two firms were privy to resolutions passed by the board during its meeting held on September 16, last year that the suits were filed without authority.