15 November 2012

Kenya: I Didn't Abuse Office, CID Boss Tells Panel

CID director Ndegwa Muhoro yesterday defended himself against allegations of impunity, arrogance and abuse of office.

Muhoro, who hopes to be appointed deputy Inspector General of Police, denied the allegations by Ahmednassir and Abdikadir law firm and former Kwale CID chief Kenneth Kalume.

The law firm associated with Judicial Service Commission member Ahmednassir Abdulahi has asked the National Police Service Commission to stop the appointment of Muhoro as the deputy IG.

The firm said Muhoro abused his office in a dispute over land in Westlands, Nairobi. The lawyers said Muhoro recommended that businessman Mukhtar Oloo be charged in court over the property dispute.

Muhoro is alleged to have conspired with another businessman, Pius Ngugi, to intimidate Oloo and "defeat the course of justice". The firm said Muhoro falsified the charges against Oloo and deliberately ignored the law.

The charges against Oloo were later dismissed by a constitutional court. Muhoro is also accused of concocting allegations against Superintendent Abdul Makero Muyika and another officer which saw them demoted to Chief Inspector of Police.

Muyika said after he challenged his demotion in court, Muhoro "arrogantly" declined to take the court order stopping the CID from effecting the demotion.

Muyika said the Attorney General petitioned the court not to punish Muhoro for being in contempt of the court. Police Superintendent Kalume from Mandera police station said Muhoro transferred him there because the CID chief wanted to defeat the course of justice.

Muhoro said the case against Ngugi was not mishandled and that a suspect has been charged in court. He said the DPP had also given his word on the matter. Muhoro attributed the complaints to corruption cartels that are "fighting back".

Muhoro told the commission Kalume was transferred to Mandera from Voi because he was interfering in the murder case of British gemologist Bruce Bridges in 2010.

He said Kalume was transferred when he could not defend himself against the allegations. Muhoro told the NPSC that if appointed a deputy Inspector General of Police he will root out corruption in the force.

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