– The lawmakers led by Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu said the four CSs were not planning to kill Ruto
– They accused the DP of trying to intimidate the CSs and also cause division in the Central Kenya region
– Ruto had called the DCI to report that his life was in danger after which CSs Munya, Mucheru, Kariuki and Macharia were summoned
– The CSs denied the allegations and declined to record statement insisting the DP must file a formal complaint
Led by Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu, the lawmakers from Mount Kenya region termed as nonsense allegations that the four CSs met at Hotel La Mada on Thika Road to plan how to eliminate the DP so they could stop him from becoming president in 2022.
Addressing the press at the Parliament Buildings on Monday, June 24, evening, the MPs claimed the assassination allegations were just but part of a well thought out political strategy to bring division in Central Kenya.
“We are convinced those behind these allegations are trying to stop the Mt Kenya Cabinet secretaries from assisting the region’s MPs to push for development of the region.
This is also meant to intimidate these Cabinet secretaries from executing decisions made by the President towards developing our region,” the MPs said.
The lawmakers defended CSs Peter Munya (Trade), Joseph Mucheru (ICT), Sicily Kariuki (Health) and James Macharia (Transport) saying they were not planning to kill Ruto as alled, and that their meeting Hotel La Mada was meant to discuss how to bring development to Mt Kenya amid concerns the region had neglected.
“It must be understood that the meetings that CSs Munya, Mucheru, Kariuki and Macharia are being accused of holding as a result of the Naivasha and Nyeri meetings to ensure Mt Kenya gets its fair share of development projects. They have nothing to do with assassinating anyone,” they said.
Besides Wambugu, the other MPs who were present at the press briefing were Gathoni Wamuchomba (Kiambu Woman Rep), Nduati Ngugi (Gatanga), Maoke Maore (Igembe South), Wangare Mwaniki (Kigumo) and Paul Koinange (Kiambaa).
The accused CSs had also denied being part of a plot to kill anyone, much less the DP terming the allegations as “wild and unsubstantiated” claims.
They equally declined to record any statement with the DCI and asked the DP file a formal complaint.
“It is a serious allegation, especially coming from the deputy president who is occupying a powerful office in this land. I would expect somebody in that office to do proper investigation before making unsubstantiated and wild allegations of that nature.
I think it is irresponsible, unfair and it intended to portray us in a very bad light, so that we look like criminals. It is also intended to injure our reputation,” Munya said while addressing the press outside the DCI offices on Monday.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti on Monday evening confirmed Ruto had indeed called his office to report that his life was in danger, prompting the DCI to immediately launch investigation into the grave allegations.
There are no plans to eliminate Deputy President William Ruto|-Team Kieleweke – On Tuko TV