13 November 2012

Kenya: Kiraithe Quizzed Over MA Thesis

Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe was yesterday put to task after a member of the public claimed he wrote Kiraithe's master's thesis.

Handel Otieno Okudo also claimed that Kiraithe ordered police officers from Nairobi's central police station to arrest him after they differed on payments for working on the thesis.

He told the National Police Service Commission that he feared for his life after making the allegations on Kiraithe's academic qualifications.

Okudo claimed Kiraithe sent his body guards to the police station and ordered junior officers not to release him until he (Kiraithe) issued the orders personally. He claims he was incarcerated for six hours.

NPSC is interviewing candidates for the positions of Inspector General and his two deputies. Chairman Johnstone Kavulundi questioned Kiraithe on the allegations and read a letter from the Law Society of Kenya where Okudo reported the matter.

Okudo claimed that he was arrested on June 27 and locked up at central police station following directives by the senior assistant commissioner.

Yesterday, Kiraithe denied he ordered Okudo's arrest after the payments disagreement. Kavulundi said Okudo made the allegations through a sworn affidavit tendered before the commission. Kiraithe termed the claims as a malicious statement.

He claimed that the complainant was part of a three-man group that attempted to extort a Sh300,000 bribe from him by blackmailing him that they could stop him from being named the Inspector General.

He said he had tasked Okudo to 'earmark' sections of pages which he intended to quote in his academic work when he was studying for his master degree.

He said that the man disappeared with two of the books he has asked him to earmark for use in his academic work. He further claimed that Okudo had attempted to steal academic work belonging to his wife.

Kiraithe who did not reveal dates or time said the man was arrested at Nairobi's 680 Hotel after he reported the matter to Central police station. He said his wife later decided to withdraw her complaint and the suspect was not charged in court.

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