The Directorate of Criminal Investigations DCI has summoned Monica Juma to shed light into the fake firearms tender scam as it seeks to unravel the mysterious tender that has invoked the office of the deputy president and Department of Defense DoD.
Amb. Monica Juma is the Defense Ministry Cabinet Secretary– under whose docket the sh 39 billion firearms fake tender were procured. Juma the self styled diplomat who disparaged Kenya’s foreign relations policy while working as foreign affairs CS was recently moved to the Defense docket in recent reshuffle.
The embattled cabinet secretary has feigned ignorance of the scam brewed right in her office instead alleging her signature was forged.
The DCI says Monica Juma will be expected to shed light into matter and circumstances under which her signature which is believed to be genuine was used. Detectives were however non-committal on whether she was a suspect. There has been immense pressure for the DCI to summoned Monica Juma who is considered vital in unraveling the scam.
Former Sports CS Rashid Echesa, a close ally of the DP Ruto, and the alleged mastermind of the scam was arrested last week by DCI detectives. The DPP had requested the court to detain the suspect for 21 days to complete investigations but he was granted 3 days.
The DCI summons comes after the deputy president William Ruto threw the spanner in the works directing the DCI to focus on the real scammers domiciled in the Department of Defense DoD.
Others expected to be summoned by DCI are Ruto’s personal aide Faruk Kibet, Private Secretary Reuben Maiyo and Chief of Staff Ken Osiendo. Top generals in the DoD are also likely to be summoned as detectives scramble to piece together evidence in an investigation that has extended to Italy and Warsaw in Poland.
The summoning of Monica Juma will likely hurt the strained relationship between the interior ministry and ministry of defense. The two institution -critical for national security– had a spat during the burial preparation of former President Daniel Moi when interior CS Fred Matiang’i was blocked by the military for allegedly breaching protocol.
During the embarrassing incident, Matiang’i had followed President Uhuru Kenyatta as he viwed the body of Mzee Moi only to be blocked. The incident would replicate when Matiang’i tried to forcefully enter a VIP room at Parliament building where the President and select government officials were meeting members of Moi family.