Suspect makes shocking claims on NYS detective
SEE ALSO :Raila, Waiguru ease hostilitiesHe added that the cause of all the "false and malicious" allegations against him and his family was the business disagreements between them and the officer. He attached a banking slip to support his claims of transferring Sh800,000 to Muia’s account in Gilgil. But speaking to The Standard, Mr Muia denied the claims, saying they were part of a scheme by the lawyers and some of his colleagues to derail the case. Muia once worked in Naivasha, where the Ngiritas come from, before he was moved to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters in Nairobi. He admitted to knowing the family but did not explain how. He argued the money he received belonged to a 'Shylock' (informal lending) company from which his family had borrowed funds, which they paid through a cheque that bounced.
SEE ALSO :Court to rule on new NYS evidence“They want to (jeopardise) a probe that is active. They gave a cheque that failed and the case is under investigation by DCIO Naivasha,” said Muia. “I will confront the claims through an affidavit and face them. Their companies participated in the scam. I am not surprised by this move.” Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti said he was not aware of the claims but promised to investigate them "at the right time". Muia signed an affidavit to deny the 46 suspects bail. All the suspects are charged with several counts ranging from conspiracy to commit economic crimes, willful failure to comply with procurement rules and abuse of office leading to the loss of Sh468 million. Public enemies The Anti-Corruption Court has declared the suspects "public enemies" who don’t deserve to be released on bail. Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti’s decision to deny them bail means that the suspects, including Youth and Gender Affairs Principal Secretary Lillian Omollo and NYS Director General Richard Ndubai, will spend time in remand prison as the trial drags on. They will know tomorrow if they will be released on bail. The 10 companies involved in the probe are Annwaw Investment, Njewanga Investments, Arkroad Holdings Ltd, Kunjiwa Enterprises, Ameri Trade Ltd, Ngwiwaco Enterprises, Jerrycathy Enterprises, Firstling Supplies Ltd, Kalabash Food Supplies Ltd and Ersatz Enterprises. The accused pleaded not guilty when they were arraigned two weeks ago. Ms Omollo and Mr Ndubai also denied abuse of office charges levelled against them over their alleged role in the payment of Sh468 million to 10 companies, which investigators said supplied neither goods nor services to NYS. Similar charges were denied by former acting NYS Director General Sammy Michuki, Senior Deputy Director Nicholas Ahere and acting Director of Finance Wellington Lubira, who are among 40 public servants accused of colluding to defraud the youth department. Company directors and proprietors facing prosecution are Anne Ngirita, Phyllis Njeri, Catherine Mwai, Antony Wamiti, James Thuita and Yvonne Ngugi. Others are Jeremiah Ngirita, Lucy Ngirita, Andrine Nyambura, Catherine Kamuyu, Serah Muguru, Samwel Kanai and James Katululu.