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Charge Malala over fake assassination claims, DCI Kinoti says

By Hillary Mageka
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020
Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala.
In summary

The woes facing embattled Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala were escalated on Wednesday after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) recommended his prosecution for giving wrong information on his alleged assassination claims.

DCI boss George Kinoti, while appearing before a joint senate committee on Wednesday described the allegations made by the senator on the floor of the House as malicious, false and ill intended.

The claims, he said, were meant to cast the special service unit of the DCI in bad light and demanded that the lawmaker apologizes for the remarks.

“It’s our humble submission that this is serious allegations impacting on the character assassination of the special crimes unit, which has exposed them to ridicule and contempt on the members of the public, whom they serve with dedication and self-sacrifice,” the DCI boss told a joint committee of National Security and Justice and legal Affairs on Wednesday.

This comes about a week after Senator Malala sensationally wept before his colleagues in Senate, alleging that a squad from the Special Service Unit (SSU) of the DCI had been formed to assassinate him over his stand on the controversial revenue sharing formula.

Despite his county standing to gain, the senator stood with losing counties which rejected the formula.

He claimed the squad code named “Bravo Zulu Yankee” was assembled from the SSU.

Malala, who is also the Senate deputy minority leader alleged that the “five members of the squad of assassin policemen” had held several meetings at DCI headquarters executive lounge and on at least two occasions at Hotel La Mada off Thika Road.

He further claimed that they held meetings at Eaton Hotel in Thika town where the said group was allegedly briefed by a Mr Wanzala from the DCI's homicide department.

The senator wrote to Interior CS Fred Matiang'i, Mutyambai and Kinoti to beef up his security and investigate the squad.

The vocal lawmaker also wrote to Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka over what he termed as real and credible threats to ‘harm, injure, eliminate or assassinate me.’

“I now request your office to take immediate action to enhance the security detail assigned to me, including additional security provided immediately to my family and my residences in Kakamega and Nairobi,” he noted.

But responding to the claims, Kinoti told Senators that at least four of the individuals the Kakamega lawmaker had mentioned as members of the squad are not police officers because they are not in the police database.

Following what he termed as malicious and deliberate accusations, in social media and both print and electronic media, the chief sleuths, has asked Malala to apologise to special crimes unit in the exact manner they exposed the unit in social media and both print and electronic media.

“In absence of this, the officials’ morale, confidence and inspiration will be greatly injured on the basis they were not fairly treated,” Kinoti said.

“We urge the committee to order the author of the allegations be charged for the offense of giving false information contrary to section 129(b) of the penal code,” Kinoti told a joint committee of chaired by Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji and his Nyamira counterpart Okong’o Omogeni.

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