It is now emerging that Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki is a victim of a vicious war between the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Nurdin Hajji and Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI) George Kinoti after the governor spent the whole day at the EACC without clear instructions to charge him.
ODPP has been trying to cut out DCI from investigating and preferring charges against accused persons in corruption cases. The supremacy battle is pegged on Noordin Haji’s office seeking to sidestep DCI and directly deal with EACC. Many pundits and independent observers have noted that ODPP has been trying in a long time to curtail the powers of DCI from investigating and preferring charges against criminals especially corruption related cases.
According to sources privy to the ongoing investigations, the governor and 14 accused persons were held at the premises’ police station after their finger prints were taken, from 7 o’clock Monday morning when they presented themselves for court but could not be processed until this evening. It wasn’t clear why the ODPP had ordered the arrest of the governor without proper charges.
“The EACC to this point has no evidence against the governor. From morning they have been beating about the bush trying to turn suspects into witnesses against Governor Njuki,” the source told the Herald.
It is understood the officers were trying to coerce some of the suspects to be witnesses after it emerged the case may not be as strong as it was thought to be.
Police within the EACC believe the speed to divert attention from the on-going KEMSA probe may have occasioned a rush to charge the governor and his co accused that may just spend the night in police custody ready to be presented in court Tuesday morning.
The day saw journalists from different media houses camp at the EACC only to be disappointed and head back to their offices without having found Njuki.
The governor is facing irregular awarding of tender charges amounting to 34 million shillings.
On Friday, DPP Noordin Haji ordered for the county boss’s arrest and prosecution alongside 16 other county officials said to have aided the crime.
“The fraud at the County Government was perpetrated by the county officials at the Procurement Department and Finance Department who disregarded the procurement laws and procedures.” said the DPP while ordering for his arrest.
In the evening of Monday, EACC has issued a statement stating that the governor will be held at Integrity Centre until tuesday, when he will be arraigned in Sh34.9m graft case.