An angry President Uhuru Kenyatta has threatened to sack Interior Affairs Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi and Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti after it emerged the two were interfering with Ruaraka school land probe.
The President summoned a meeting a week ago where he singled out Matiangi for resorting to use the National Security Advisory Council (NSAC) to prevail on Director of Public Prosecutons Noordin Hajji to terminate the probe into the Sh3.2 billion saga.
Matiangi and other security chiefs had convened an NSAC meeting at Harambee House where they discussed among other things the Ruaraka land saga, declaring the probe a national security issue.
The meeting took place just a day after Hajji returned the file to EACC to address some gaps in their report which had recommended prosecution of 27 individuals.
The DPP wanted EACC to specifically take a statement from Matiangi whom was not among the 27 following pressure by DCI Kinoti on his counterparts from Integrity House.
It’s then that NIS director general Philip Kameru briefed the President of the Matiangi move than an angry Uhuru summoned the duo.
“The President was categorical that no sacred cows on the Ruaraka saga. He told Matiangi to his face that should the DPP find evidence of foul play on his side, he will simply announce his resignation without reffering to him while threatening to take administrative action against the DCI,” a source familiar with intrigues said.
It’s after Uhuru’s warning that Hajji told MPs he had returned the file to EACC to address some gaps in their report.
Matiangi had initially conspired with Kinoti to have PS Belio Kipsang take responsibility for the payments whose process he and NLC chairman Prof Mohamad Swazuri initiated.
After the plan failed, Matiangi in a clever move, the CS then working with the DCI while isolating IG Joseph Boinett commenced the operation of contrabands and illegal gaming machines.
The crackdown on sugar has netted many with mainly Somali traders being seen as targets. The strategy is to make Matiangi popular among masses and in the event the DPP orders that he is charged, then it will be interpreted that Somalis have ganged to silence him. This is given the DPP is a Somali as is EACC director of investigations Abdi Mohamud.
However unknown to the Interior CS, Hajji and his former boss Kameru had conducted a lifestyle audit on him and established that he had acquired wealth which was unexplained having bought several parcels of land in Nairobi’s Karen, Nakuru and Kisii.
Among those EACC wants charged include Prof Swazuri and 20 officials from NLC who include Director of Finance Francis Mugo and Valuation Salome Munubi, businessman Francis Mburu and his sons Mark Mburu and Justin Mburu, his handler called John Mutwiri while it’s not clear if former Attorney General Githu Muigai who has also recorded a statement will be charged.
Refer to this letter as CS having determined the land belongs to Mburu and requesting NLC to commence process of acquiring the plot
Although NLC had written to the PS, it’s Matiangi who responded and only copied the PS