Cord alleges bias in Muthama’s grilling


Cord has accused Jubilee of applying selective justice when handling incitement by elected leaders.

This is after Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery yesterday ordered Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama questioned over the Sh3.85 billion spending in the Interior Ministry.

Mr Muthama went to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations in Kiambu after being summoned over remarks made in Tala, Machakos, at the weekend, claiming a top official pocketed the money.

The senator was required to assist the police with investigations.

The senator met Deputy Director of Criminal Investigations John Kariuki but did not record a statement.

He was accompanied by four lawyers — Mr Martin ole Kamwaro, Siaya Senator James Orengo, Senator Elizabeth Ongoro (nominated) and Makueni MP Daniel Maanzo.

Mr Kamwaro said the summons against the senator was via a text message by the CS on Sunday evening and did not have any basis in law since his comments were based on information that is already in public domain.

The State, he said, was trying to use its agencies to intimidate elected leaders not to express themselves.

“We have resolved that Mr Muthama has no reason to record any statement. If the police want any information, they should collect it from the Auditor-General and not by intimidating our client,” he said.

The Auditor-General has raised the red flag on how the Interior Ministry spent Sh3.8 billion in one day to buy arms, insure police vehicles and repair helicopters.

According to the Constitution, said Mr Orengo, the DCI and the Inspector-General can only receive direction from the Attorney-General.

Ms Ongoro said summonses on leaders would take the country to the dark days.

Early this month, Mr Nkaissery ordered Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria to record a statement after he, during a live radio show, said the money was stolen from the Interior Ministry under the CS’s watch.

Daily Nation’s Parliamentary Editor John Ngirachu was arrested and required to record a statement after he wrote a story on the Sh3.85 billion.