One after the death of Seargent Kipyegon Kenei, a police officer attached to guard DP Ruto’s Harambee Annex office, the family may never find justice.
And even as more questions than answers continue to arise, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji has clashed with DCI George Kinoti over the murder of the police officer.
DCI Kinoti had earlier stated that he was investigating a murder rather than a suicide case.
DPP Haji has now blamed DCI Kinoti stating that he has never received the files about the investigations.
“There is no Kenei’s case. The murder or suicide one? No, that file has never come to us,” Haji disclosed in an interview with the Nation.
He added that the case may drag for a while but asked Kenyans to be patient with his office.
Kenei was found dead at his home in Imara Daima, Nairobi in February 2020. His death was linked to a Ksh40 billion fake gun scandal that roped in former Sports CS Rashid Echesa.
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Witnesses who took to the stand in the hearing on Monday told senior principal magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot that Ruto was not at his Harambee Annex office.
According to The Star, Officer Naomi Kinyanjui said she was manning the VIP lift where she ushers in guests. She said she received Echesa and two white men.
It also emerged that late officer Kipyegon Kenei was on duty that day.
Askar Nyaboke, a senior receptionist at the DP’s office, said Kenei called her from the office line requesting a VIP lift for Echesa and his guests.
“After around 20 minutes or so, I received a call from Sgt Kipyegon Kenei, an officer manning the reception desk in the VIP reception second floor requesting for the lift for Echesa which I did and Kinyanjui went to the lift for the visitors,” Nyaboke said.
In his testimony, Nicholas Maiyo Burkley said he saw Echesa and the two men alight from the VIP lift.
“Echesa greeted us and told us that he together with the two men wanted to see the Deputy President and we told him that the DP was not around and that we didn’t think he would be coming but he confirmed that the DP had told him to wait for him at the town office,” Burkley said.
He said they took away all their mobile phones and a bag they were carrying as is a normal procedure but spared Echesa’s phone as he was to confirm with the DP whether he was coming to town.
Echesa and his two guests were then ushered into the waiting room.
“After they had stayed for around 15 to 20 minutes, we confirmed from the Karen office that the DP was not coming but rather he would be proceeding to Kandara in Murang’a county for a burial,” the officer said.
According to Burkley, at some point, Echesa had allegedly inquired the shortest route to Karen and they told him to use Langata.
He then went back to the waiting room to pick the two men before they left.
They later learned that he had been arrested outside the Annex office as he was leaving the premises.