Nominated MP Dr. Oburu Oginga was today denied an opportunity to record a statement with the Criminal Investigations Department regarding the claims he made over a plot to kill CORD leader Mr. Raila Odinga who is currently out of the country on education tour.
Dr. Odinga presented himself to the CID headquarters on Kiambu road where he intended to record a statement and provide proof to his claims for government to investigate. However, on his arrival, Dr. Oburu who was accompanied by his lawyers Mr. Haroun Ndubi and Antony Oluoch and nine Members of Parliament was told blatantly by a Deputy Director of the CID Mr. Samuel Nyabengi that he had instructions from â€˜aboveâ€™ not to record a statement from him.
Mr. Nyabengi said he had been instructed to tell Dr. Oburu to record the statement he indented to, with the District Criminal Investigations Officer in Bondo. Despite pleas by Dr. Oburu, his Counsels and Members of Parliament to allow him to record the statement owing to the sensitivity of the matter, Mr. Nyabengi maintained his grounds saying he had no capacity to listen to and record any statement from Dr. Oburu.
Addressing the media later, Mr. Ndubi said it was against the rules of natural justice to deny any member of public from volunteering information regarding death threats to another citizen. â€œThis is against the law. Dr. Oburu came here on his own volition to record a statement and give the evidence to support his claims regarding a plot to assassinate former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, but he has been denied the opportunityâ€ added Mr. Ndubi.
He said they will not relent and that they will wait for the substantive Director of the CID Mr. Ndegwa Muhoro to invite Dr. Oburu to record the statement and give the necessary information regarding his claims. â€œLet Mr. Muhoro himself tell us that he does not want to listen to Dr. Oburu instead of them beating around the bushâ€ he added.
Dr. Oburu said it was â€œunfortunateâ€ for the CID to refuse his a chance to record a statement with them regarding the claims he made about a plot to kill Mr. Odinga. â€œI had come here to give vital information to qualify my earlier remarks on a plot to kill Raila but they seem not to be keen to listen to meâ€ he said.
Dr. Oburu said he was dissatisfied with the explanation given by the Deputy CID Director that he goes to report the same to the Bondo DCIO saying that â€œthey are deliberately ignoring the information I want to give them for further investigationsâ€.
He said that the â€œgovernment must beef up my brotherâ€™s securityâ€ to protect him from such machinations.
Siaya Senator Mr. James Orengo regretted the CIDâ€™s action saying that â€œDr. Oburu like any other Kenyan deserves to be given the opportunity to justify his remarks by recording a statement with the policeâ€. He said it is unfortunate that a matter of that magnitude could be played around with by the CID saying that the information Dr. Oburu wants to volunteer to give the government is vital.
He said crucial intelligence information has been ignored in the past until a disaster happens citing the case of the Westgate attack. He appealed to the CID Director to give Dr. Oburu a chance to record a statement on the remarks he made regarding the life of Mr. Raila Odinga.
Dr. Oburu was accompanied by Senators James Orengo (Siaya) and Otieno Kajwangâ€™ (Homabay) and Members of the National Assembly Messrs Mohammed Junet (Suna East), T.J. Kajwangâ€™ (Ruaraka), Opondo Kaluma (Homabay Town), David Ochiengâ€™ (Ugenya), Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba) and Paul Outa (Nyando).