In the senate on Tuesday, Johnstone Muthama sensationally claimed that the late Makueni Senator Mutula Kalonzo had expressed fears about his safety. Muthama said the late Mutula had warned that his life and that of the former Prime Minister alongside his very own were in danger. He spoke as MPs asked the government to ensure it unravels the mystery surrounding Mutula's sudden death. Brenda Wanga has the update from the two houses.
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Mutula autopsy report to be out in 10 weeks
Updated Tuesday, April 30th 2013 a 00:00 GMT +3
Kenyans will have to wait longer for the autopsy report on the late Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo.
They added that further tests on samples will be carried out.
The autopsy carried out by seven pathologists took over five hours.
The exercise was conducted on Tuesday at the Lee Funeral home after the arrival of family’s pathologist from the United Kingdom.
The family on Monday requested for the postmortem to be pushed to Tuesday to allow the pathologist to take part in the exercise.
The Criminal Investigations Department has launched investigations into Mutula’s death with Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko appointing a team of prosecutors to assist the police in the probe.
Even as the late Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo's family await the arrival of the foreign pathologist to try to get to the bottom of Mutula's death, doctors will be also be looking into the possibility that he may have been poisoned. At the same time though, experts are of the view that the preliminary evidence pointing to this theory may be misleading. NTV's Sheila Sendeyo with that report.
Senator’s death probe to focus on food samples
--- On Tue, 4/30/13, Paul Nyandoto
From: Paul Nyandoto
Subject: KENYA IS A BANANA REPUBLIC/ will fall very soon
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 11:43 AM
--- On Tue, 4/30/13, Jectone Ndunya
From: Jectone Ndunya
Subject: Re: [KOL] UPDATE Re: KILONZO...ON PEV
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 11:14 AM
|I belive the Late Hon Mutula's Journey to his Ranch can be traced using mobile phone technology.|
Here we need the family to seek print out of his communication using his mobile phone seven days to his death including the day he arrived home.
Using the phone calls, they may be able to draw a sketch en rout to his ranch. The sketch would show where he was at every time he received or made call/s, how long he was stationed and where he was stationed all the way to his ranch.
In case of inhalation of poisonous gas etc, alot of search on his house would be good. Areas like windows, window breathers, could be dusted for any evidence likely to lead the family to the cause of his death. They should also carry tests on the bathroom outlet pipes leading to the septic tanks just to be sure.
One major question though one would be asking is, What does he do routinely while going to bed such as does he lock the door to his bed room? if so, how was his door at the time they discovered he was dead?
Some one to sleep that long before an alarm is raised is not adding up, as i expect Hon Mutula to be among the early risers going by his work filled hands, so why did it take them so long to check his room?
Some one posted a number of food items found on his small table in the bedroom i believe, and going by the mixture....Githeri, nyama choma, a fruit packet etc... that mix doesn't add up, to me!
I believe his car could be having a tracking device,,, the family may want to know, from the tracking company, his movement on that particular day!
--- On Tue, 4/30/13, Paul Nyandoto
From: Paul Nyandoto
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Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 10:40 AM
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MARK: People should not be locked up unless there is strong suspicion to justify it, and that can only be after the post-mortem is done, not before. Imagine if you were in their place, should you be locked up without the post-mortem being known ? You are still in the old Kenya, not the new Kenya we are seeking.
So far these are the facts:
1. Mutula arrived at Maanzoni at 3pm Friday, looking in good health. He greeted the workers and gave instructions on what needsto be done on the flower beds.
2. He then went into the house at 6pm and was served his usual githeri dinner, but asked for nyama choma (roasted meat) at 7pm.
3. He retires to bed.
4. He fails to wake up for breakfast between 930am-1030am when the househelp checks and finds him prone in bed with foaming mouth,and vomit in the bathroom.
5. It is confirmed by brother-in-law and doctor that he is dead.
So on the basis of the above information, he arrived at the farm in good health, or so we think. We do not know and may never know who he met or where he stopped on his way from Nairobi to the farm.
Did he have something with somebody in Nairobi who might have spiked his food or soft drink ? We are told he never ate lunch by force of habit. He also did not booze.
If he did meet with somebody en route from Nrb and had something together, then that person might be suspect number 1. He might have given him a long-delayed reaction poison.
6. At the house, it is significant that he stopped at the flower beds. Flower beds specially in a forested area like the farm harbour snakes. By coincidence, the day he died, we had news report that a hockey team captain in Australia died hours later from a snake bite. The area was infested by a type of poisonous snake called Western brown snake whose bite is painless. The hockey captain felt nothing when the snake which he had picked up from the hockey field to remove it bit him onhis finger. After removing the snake, he went jogging and that was a terrible mistake on his part because the venom spread quickly in his body. What type of snakes are in the Maanzoni bushes ?
7. Going into the house, he was brought his usual githeri. But on this evening, he asked for nyama choma (roasted meat). What type of meat was it ? Was it also healthy or diseased ? Was the githeri maize and beans safe (non-toxic) ? We have had frequent reports that maize grown in Ukambani area is contaminated with aflatoxin.
If the above foods were not naturally poisoned, we come to the final one:
8. Was poison injected into the foods by his cook or maid ?
All this can best be answered when the post-mortem is done and cause of death is established. It can be either accidental food poisoning (contaminated maize or meat) or deliberate poisoning.
Until then, do not point any accusing finger.
Daniel Owira stood in front of the President, giving a memorable performance, an experience he says he could never have dreamed of. This experience is in total contrast to his reality, one of a single-roomed shack in one of the city's slums with a torturous time every start of term to get school fees. And as the re-opening date for second term neared, Daniel was a worried boy, but today, he needs not worry. His plea for an education fell on the right ears and his dreams to be a lawyer are no longer just that... they might actually come to fruition.
Two lobby groups that supported Raila Odinga during the campaigns now want him to lead the opposition in parliament. The groups have differed with the CORD resolution in Naivasha that handed that mandate to Kalonzo Musyoka and as Enock Sikolia reports plans to create room for Kalonzo in parliament are not working out as earlier envisaged.
The Cord coalition's plan to have former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka return to parliament appears to have hit a snag. While it has been reported that several MPs are ready to give up their seats for the former VP, those being mentioned are denying such reports. NTV's Enock Sikolia reports.
A Nairobi househelp has confessed in court that she sent education minister Mutula Kilonzo a message threatening to kill him. Irene Nduku who appeared before the Milimani courts said she was instructed by her boss to send the threatening message. Nduku also claims that her boss has links with the outlawed Al Shabaab group and was also connected to the Assanands explosion in town that claimed one life. KTN's Asha Mwilu reports...
The posts of the head of the civil service and finance minister are still occupied by Francis Muthaura and Uhuru Kenyatta despite the confirmation of charges of crimes against humanity against them, and it would appear that there is yet another clash of legal opinions in government. Justice minister Mutula Kilonzo, it would seem, is the lone ranger fronting views contrary to those held by attorney general Githu Muigai. In his first TV interview since the ruling, NTV's John-Allan Namu began by asking him whether Muthaura and Uhuru should still be in office.
Justice Minister Mutula Kilonzo is making no apologies over his stand that ICC suspects do not qualify to vie for elective positions in the next general election. Mutula says a bill to operationalise chapter six of the constitution which deals with integrity will soon be presented to parliament and as NTV's Nimrod Taabu reports, Mutula says those championing a hate campaign against him are not being honest.
Mutula death: Hunt for clues intensifiesUpdated Tuesday, April 30th 2013 a 00:00 GMT +3
By Standard Team
Nairobi,kenya:The family of the late Senator Mutula Kilonzo, the Director of Public Prosecutions and police investigators are keen to establish if there was foul play in the circumstances leading to his death over the weekend.
The family has invited a foreign expert to come and take part in the postmortem examination on Mutula’s body and organs. To allow for the foreign pathologist to take part in the exercise, the family asked that the autopsy that was to take place yesterday be moved to today.
Sources within Mutula’s circle of family friends also revealed the family of the late Justice and Education minister was discussing the possibility of flying in foreign investigators to help unravel what could have killed him as he slept alone in Maanzoni Ranch, Machakos County.
The Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Keriako Tobiko, picked a team of prosecutors to help police with investigations.
Mr Tobiko named a team of prosecutors to assist and guide the police investigating the death of the late Mutula.
The team of prosecutors will be headed by Senior Assistant DPP, Ms Grace Murungi, while the deputy head of investigations at Criminal Investigations Department, Mr Pius Macharia, would lead police. “I do direct that upon completion of these investigations, do kindly cause the resultant inquiry file to be submitted to this office for perusal and appropriate direction,” said Tobiko in a letter to Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo.
The investigating teams will take up from where the local probe teams had left, including analysing food samples collected from Mutula’s home, where he had his last meal of nyama choma and githeri (mixture of beans and maize).
The South African-based British Pathologist the family hired is set to join Chief Government Pathologist Dr Johansen Oduor and other local pathologists in conducting the exercise at the Lee Funeral Home.
Sources close to Mutula’s family told The Standard Mutula had expressed fears for life before and including the day he died over reasons yet to be unravelled, most likely early Saturday morning.
“We have information that the Mutula Kilonzo had told a couple of people of the threat to his life and that happened including even the day he died,” added the source on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter and ongoing investigations.
At the same time the sources also disclosed apart from the foam found on Mutula’s mouth when his body was discovered, he is also said to have vomited blood. “There were traces of blood from what he had vomited on the sink,” added the sources.
Sources further told The Standard that family members and relatives were equally toying with the idea of hiring of foreign homicide investigators to conduct independent investigations.
If that happens then the investigations will take the direction of the former UK’s Scotland Yard’s investigator John Troon who was brought over to probe the murder former Foreign Affairs minister Dr Robert Ouko.
Mutula’s family assisted by funeral committees decided that the burial date is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 9, at his Kwa Kyelu Ranch, in Maanzoni. The committee also left the preceding Tuesday and Wednesday open just in case a decision was taken to shift the burial to either of these two days.
Family spokesman and brother-in-law Chris Musau said Mutula confirmed the burial date after a family meeting at the late Senator’s ranch. “The family has decided Mutula’s remains will be buried at his farm and not his Mbooni rural home,” he told The Standard on telephone.
The ranch where he died was a place he so loved and where he spent most of his weekends whenever he was in town. It is an expansive 1,500-acre ranch where he kept lions, cheetahs, buffaloes, ostriches as well as livestock.
Mutula occasionally would joke with this Standard journalist of how he found peace after a grueling week in public service within the serene atmosphere of this ranch. “I am always woken up by Mutula and Nduku (in reference to the lion and lioness which he had nicknamed after himself and his wife) with their loud voices.”
Musau said burial arrangement meetings would be held at Milimani African Inland Church in Nairobi from today.
But questions continued to pile as to why the Mutula failed to call for help when he began feeling unwell yet he had his cellphone, which was active long after he had passed on.
Questions are also being raised as to where the food he ate had come from as well as where it was prepared.
There are also questions being raised as to whom he met in his final moments as well as on the fateful day he died and who had interacted with him either by phone or physically for the last two days before tragedy struck.
Investigators have the Herculean task of piecing together details that could counter rising speculation his death might not have been caused by natural causes.
Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama, who is chairing the burial committee, said the foreign pathologist is expected in the country this morning.
He did not give the specific details of the foreign pathologist, but indicated that he had been contacted with the approval of Mutula’s family.
Muthama revealed that the post-mortem examination, which was scheduled to be conducted yesterday afternoon, was pushed to today to allow the foreign expert to take part. “Not that there are any difficulties but because it was the wishes of the family to have an independent pathologist to conduct the post-mortem examination alongside other doctors. We are expecting the pathologist from UK to arrive tomorrow (today) at 6am, before the post-mortem is conducted in the afternoon,” said Muthama. The British pathologist is base in South Africa.
Addressing the press at Senate Press Centre, the Machakos Senator, said it was the feeling of both the family and other leaders that thorough investigation be conducted to ascertain the cause of death.
“We are not dealing with any other Kenyan here; we are dealing with a top politician in this country and a renowned leader. We must be in a position to tell Kenyans the clear cause of his death,” he said.
Muthama said the decision to involve a foreign expert in the autopsy should not be misconstrued as having any suspicions on the cause of death, but only the desires to get the best explanation to give Kenyans on the death of the former Senator.
“We just want to be thorough because Kenyans will demand answers on the death of a person who was in such good health and who could even drive himself and inspect his ranch. His death cannot just be wished away,” added Muthama. He said the foreign expert could not have made it to the country earlier since he had only been contacted on Sunday.
On the burial arrangements, Muthama said it was the feeling of those planning the funeral that they give enough time for the many people who would wish to attend to prepare themselves.
“For a person of Mutula’s status, we felt there is need to create enough time for as many people to make arrangements to attend the burial. We have not agreed on the specific day but we are considering either next Wednesday or Thursday,” he said.
Investigations intensify as Mutula family hire foreigner
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Interviews for Principal Secretary positions began Monday at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre. The media was however not allowed to cover the proceedings with the commission insisting the presence of media and the public may hinder their efforts of getting the very best for the jobs. NTV's Enock Sikolia was at the KICC and filed the following story.
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Why World Duty Free is so important to Pattni
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- Controversial businessman wants to prove he is owner of both the exporting and receiving firms in 1990s scandal, essentially plugging any holes that can be used against him
- By getting the court to declare him the owner of World Duty Free, Kamlesh Pattni becomes, in effect, the owner of both the company exporting the gold and diamonds and the company importing them. Even though in law a company and its owners are separate persons, firms act through their officials. In this case, Pattni, relying on the constitutional right against self-incrimination, would simply refuse to give evidence against himself as owner of Goldenberg International. End of case!
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By Amos Kareithi
On Tuesday July 29, 1997 Mr Phillip Kilonzo, a retired former Police Commissioner who was at the centre of the investigation into Dr Robert Ouko's assassination seven years earlier, was driven into his favourite pub in Matuu.
He asked that half-a-kilo of meat be prepared for him, then sat down to sip his favourite drink White Cap. Halfway through his glass, he is called out to receive a heifer given to him as a gift by a local councillor.
When he came back to his seat and took a sip from his glass, he exclaimed; "This beer tastes different. What have you done to it?"
Former Police Commissioner Philip Kilonzo.
Those were his last words minutes later he was dead, another statistic on the killer trail that followed witnesses and investigators of Ouko murder, estimated to be about 100 today.
They include former powerful Permanent Secretary Hezekiah Oyugi; former head of Pan-African Group who died hours before appearing before the Ouko Commission; Oidho Agalo, the farmhand and Otieno Gor who were among the people who saw the Minister just hours before he disappeared; Martin Ochanda was attached to the Kisumu Special Branch office and was a friend of Dr Ouko...James Eric Onyango, a relative and confidant of the late Minister, and who was among the people Dr Ouko talked to on the telephone on the night he disappeared; Nehemiah Shikuku Obati the Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police who spearheaded the arrest and interrogation of the Ouko murder chief suspects, among them Mr Nicholas Biwott, who was briefly arrested. Thirteen years later, the family has not seen the post-mortem examination reports and finding of toxicology texts by the Government Chemist of what was left of Kilonzo's beer ...and for a top cop, no statements taken from potential witnesses, no word on who wanted him dead ...just silence.
But this month The Standard walked down what to others could be the beaten path.
Speaking to the forlorn family of the former top cop, the sheer horror of talking about Ouko's murder is shocking. Few have the courage to be quoted, others wish it was forgotten and chapter closed, not because they do not feel the pain, but for fear they could be next. For, they believe, Ouko killers are still on the prowl.
Not in touch
Their dilemma reminds one of that of Mr John Troon, the Scotland Yard detective, who led the investigations, who when a few years ago he was asked if he had been in touch with Dr Ouko's family, he responded: "I have not been in touch with Dr Ouko'sfamily since leaving Kenya. This is due to the issue of their safety, as I do believe they may be targeted by associates of the suspects if there was communication between myself and any member of the family."
Already the then Chief Pathologist Dr Jason Kaviti and then CID director had conceded the suicide theory was manufactured by powerful personalities in Government then.
We were told not to worry because the post-mortem examination report would be availed to us. Thirteen years later, I have not seen this report. I do not know what killed my brother but I am sure of one thing. My brother did not die from old age or natural cause," says his elder brother James Ngwiri Kilonzo.
He added: "Kilonzo died after consuming the contents of the first beer from the crate," adding that even after samples of the beer, the glass were submitted to the Government Chemist for analysis, the outcome was never communicated to the family.