Uhuru’s call to DCI led to arrest of NYS suspects

NYS Director-General Richard Ndubai and Youth and Gender PS Lilian Mbogo Omolo at Mlimani Courts. []

Fresh details have emerged that President Uhuru Kenyatta called the Directorate of Criminal Investigation to expedite the arrest and prosecution of the suspects of the NYS scandal.

The President called DCI boss George Kinoti according to the Star and directed all those linked to the theft of Sh468 million be brought to book immediately.

Uhuru in the Sunday call told Kinoti that he would not retire to bed until all the suspects linked to the scandal were arrested, a highly placed source revealed.

The directive set DCI detectives in motion forcing them to start their operation a day before their earlier plan.

Through Public Service head Joseph Kinyua, the President has been receiving regular briefs on the progress of the investigations from the DCI.

Uhuru’s directive to Kinoti had come just a day after the DCI boss met with the DPP Noordin Haji at DCI headquarters to draw up the charges against the culprits.

At around 5 pm on Sunday; Kinoti summoned police chiefs for an urgent meeting at his Kiambu Road office where they drew up a plan on how to arrest the suspects.

In attendance were Nairobi DCI chief Ireri Kamwende, head of the Special Crimes Prevention Unit Pius Gitari, Flying Squad deputy commander John Njoroge and head of investigations John Kariuki.

Kamwende was to lead the team tasked with arresting the 42 suspects who at the time had been identified as culprits in the scandal.

By 1 am, half of them were in police custody while the rest were arrested on Monday and locked up before being presented in court yesterday.

Uhuru on Monday spoke tough on corruption warning that those found culpable will bear the consequences.