By CYRUS OMBATI
Police have been directed to arrest and charge Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo with giving false information over claims of a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Raila Odinga. This even as the MP named several other people he says can give evidence to support his sensational allegation.
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko says he has looked at the evidence police gathered on the matter and agreed with them that Midiwo was lying and had committed a crime.
"I concur with the police recommendations on the probe and have directed that the MP be arraigned for giving false information on the issue," he told The Standard On Saturday.
Midiwo is in South Africa and may be taken to court next week police said Friday. Contacted by phone, the Gem MP said he is ready to go to court, insisting that what he told the police is the truth.
Midiwo said other witnesses had corroborated what he said and challenged police to make public the statements they recorded from all those he mentioned. He argued that the police had recommended charging him because he had mentioned powerful individuals in high offices.
"To (the police) it is a lie when some people, who are untouchable, are mentioned," he said. "I knew that would be their conclusion. I challenge them to make public all the statements submitted by the people I mentioned."
The MP did not speculate on why the DPP, whose office enjoys independence under the Constitution, would agree with the police. He said the policeâs work is to confirm if information given to them is true or false. In this case, however, he insists the police are taking instructions from politicians.
The MP claimed that Kisumu Town MP Olago-Aluoch is among the witnesses who are privy to the plot, but insisted police had not talked to him. He also mentioned a Mr Ochiel and the late Mary Onyango, as other witnesses aware of the plot, and those involved.
private office of a powerful individual. I am ready to go to court and I will inform them (as much) when I arrive at the airport," he added.
On Friday, Tobiko commended police for covering their investigations well as he returned the file back to the CID for action. Tobiko received the file on the investigations on Thursday morning. He now says prosecutors believe they can prove Midiwoâs story is made up.