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Uhuru, Ruto quizzed on Raila death claim

Discussion in 'Kenyan News and Politics' started by ByaseL, Apr 17, 2012.

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    Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto have been questioned over allegations of a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Raila Odinga
    Police said the two leaders were not being treated as suspects and were interviewed because they were mentioned by ODM Chief Whip Jakoyo Midiwo, who made the claims.

    Ministers Njeru Githae (Finance) and Sam Ongeri (Foreign Affairs) also had their statements taken by officers investigating the matter.

    Mr Midiwo sensationally claimed at funeral in Bondo on April 7 that there was a plan to kill Mr Odinga.

    He later recorded a statement at the Criminal Investigations Department headquarters, Nairobi, on the basis of which detectives questioned Mr Kenyatta, Mr Ruto and Mr Githae.

    “We are focusing on the issue that is the plotting and the assassination, allegedly by known persons. It’s in the interest of the public to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and so we don’t have to investigate this matter forever.”

    He added that several other people, all of them politicians, had been linked to the assassination allegations and that his officers will interview them.

    The investigation will however neither seek to interview Mr Odinga nor his security detail.