State suffers blow as DPP declines to charge Matiangi

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The Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions has directed the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to close the inquiry file on former Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi and lawyer Danstan Omari citing insufficient evidence.

The DPP has said that the evidence provided did not meet the threshold needed to prove the alleged felony and cybercrime offences against the former security boss.

The DPP said that no further police action should be taken against Matiangi and Omari.

“Upon independent and thorough analysis of the evidence availed and a review of the statements of the witnesses, the Director of Public Prosecutions found that the evidence provided was not sufficient to sustain the above charges against Dr. Fred Okeng’o Matiang’i and his advocate Mr. Danstan Omari,” Lilian Obuo, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions and Chief of Staff said.

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On March 7, the DCI forwarded an inquiry file to the DPP for perusal and advise on the charges against Matiangi- conspiracy to commit a felony following allegations of a raid at his Karen home and publishing false information with intent to cause panic.

The felony charge given preferred against him said “between 8th February 2023 and 9th February 2023 at Karen Ngong View Estate within Nairobi County in the Republic of Kenya with intent to cause panic, chaos or violence among citizens of the Republic of Kenya jointly with another published in the media that his house had been raided by a battalion and or Garrison of Police officers intending to arrest you a fact you knew to be false.”

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