Citizen TV journalists, Yvonne Okwara, Linus Kaikai, Francis Gachuri and Joe Ageyo who are also panellists on News Gang, weighed in on the murder case of Sergeant Kipyegon Kenei, arguing that the CCTV footage aired by DCI George Kinoti possessed incriminating evidence.
During the show aired on Thursday, March 5, Okwara further stated that Deputy President William Ruto was showing signs of panic and made moves which put him in the spotlight.
The anchor detailed that Ruto was creating a conflict with Kinoti, releasing information no one had asked for.From left: News Gang panellists Joe Ageyo, Yvonne Okwara, Linus Kaikai and Francis Gachuri at Citizen TV studios on Thursday, March 5, 2020YouTube
"There is also the little minor detail of 82 versus 23 minutes. The 23 minutes conversation was introduced by Ruto himself, stating that Echesa spent less than an hour in his office. Today, the DCI counters arguing that it was 1 hour 22 minutes and that some of the footage given before was edited.
"Analysing how Ruto handles issues, by putting out information when nobody has asked for it, in some way puts him against the DCI, bringing a direct conflict," Okwara stated.
She further wondered whether former Sports CS Rashid Echesa would or would not be charged with murder. Her argument based on DCI Kinoti's statement that someone at the end of the phone call with Kenei as seen in the CCTV footage indicated a direct link between Kenei and the Ksh40 billion gun fraud case.
"These people didn't walk in the parking lot only and left. They also accessed the VIP areas. There are more protocol people involved in this but it is a very untidy scenario and I believe more details will surface," Ageyo added.
Kaikai further poked holes at Ruto's claim that the security at Harambee House Annex was breached, allowing Echesa and his entourage to access the DP's office.
"I think people should not play with the intelligence of Kenyans. CCTV footage doesn't lie. What does a breach look like? It's not as elaborate as what can be seen in the footage. It was nice and tidy. What is Ruto's office talking about by saying it was a breach? This was a well-organised plot in DP's office involving Kenei too. The DCI should tell Kenyans what did Kenei know and what conversation was he having via a call," Kaikai stated.
Kaikai, Citizen TV's director of strategy and innovation, further opined that Kenei's killers were roaming free and may have even interacted with his family.
"I have a spine chilling feeling that Kenei's killers are living their normal lives. His killers and their accomplices may have visited his family and sent contributions to his funeral.
"His killers will be present or will send condolences when he is buried in Baringo. Their next thought will be 'what next' in a script gone very wrong. Kenei was supposed to have committed suicide but Kinoti took them back to the drawing board," Kaikai stated.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigation, under George Kinoti, may be inching closer to cracking the murder puzzle after retrieving the late's phone records which had been erased, as reported by People Daily.
The detectives retrieved all the data that may provide further clues into the investigations. According to the sleuths. Kenei's murderers liaised with an employee from a mobile service provider who deleted Kenei's records and deactivated his Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp accounts.
Ruto's office, on Thursday, March 5, issued a statement regarding the CCTV footage that was aired by DCI George Kinoti.
In a statement signed by the deputy president's Chief of Staff, Ken Osinde, the DP refuted the narrative going around that former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa had stayed at his office for over an hour.
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