21 February 2013

Kenya's Top Security Agency Meets Over Threats to Chief Justice

The Kenyan National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) is meeting in Nairobi on Thursday (February 21st) to discuss the death threats against Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, Kenya's Daily Nation reported.

Head of Civil Service Francis Kimemia called the special meeting after Mutunga said he had received death threats from the outlawed Mungiki gang before clearing Jubilee presidential candidate Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate former Eldoret parliamentarian William Ruto to run in the March 4th elections.

"We want to ascertain who is behind all these, as such claims cannot be left hanging. They are people who are keen on derailing the country," Kimemia said. "The meeting wants to get to the root cause of the matter raised by the chief justice."

National Intelligence Service Director General Michael Gichangi, Internal Security Permanent Secretary Mutea Iringo, Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Thuita Mwangi and Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo also sit on the committee.

Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko has already instructed Kimaiyo to investigate the threats against Mutunga and bring the perpetrators to justice, Kenya's The Standard reported.

"The threats contained in the aforesaid letter amount to incitement to violence and a serious interference with and subversion of the administration of justice," Tobiko said.

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