Detectives visit Ruto’s office in Sh39 million arms probe

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Two foreign arms dealers yesterday retraced their steps to Department of Defence headquarters in Nairobi, where they reportedly told police they visited with their Kenyan contacts who are on trial for attempting to defraud them.

American Kozlowski Stanley Bruno and Egyptian Mamdough Mostafa Lofty were accompanied by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations as investigations into the fake Sh39 billion arms deal moved to DoD.

Sources said the two claimed they visited DoD last month as part of their orientation in the course of trying to close the deal for supply of military equipment, which Kenyan authorities have termed fake.

The arms dealers told police they accessed DOD using the Lenana Road gate next to the Russian Embassy.

Earlier, the two and the detectives had gone to the Office of the Deputy President at Harambee House Annex in the city centre where they say they signed the deal which they later learnt was fake.

In court, former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa -whom prosecutors allege presented himself to the arms dealers as a personal assistant to the DP – and his three co-accused were charged with 12 counts, including forgery, obtaining money by false pretence and impersonating senior government officials.

Military fights back

Echesa, Daniel Omondi alias General Juma, Clifford Okoth, and Kennedy Mboya denied the charges yesterday and were released on bail.

Yesterday, DoD Director of Public Communications Bogita Ongeri confirmed the detectives visited Ulinzi House to ascertain the officers the group allegedly met and the offices they accessed.

He said it was established the dealers and their brokers never interacted with any official mandated to represent the Ministry of Defence.

“The visit further revealed that the complainants have never been to Ulinzi House, the Ministry of Defence Headquarters as has been alleged. For avoidance of doubt all the documents and content displayed in the media pertaining this matter never originated from the Ministry of Defence,” said Ongeri.

He said the ministry distances itself from the alleged involvement in the fake arms procurement scam and added they have elaborate procurement processes and structures that ensure transparency and accountability process as guided by the law.

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