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Monday, 23 March 2015

WHY BETTY TETT WANTED MZUNGU KILLED

BUSINESSMAN Andrew White is a worried man three months after a hitman confessed that he had been given a contract to kill him.
Former assistant minister Betty Njeri Tett, who was arrested and grilled for being a conspirator in the murder threat, has never been taken to court. The man charged with threatening him was released on Sh500,000 bond and now roams the streets freely.
Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko says the file on the White assassination threat has been returned to the police after he reviewed it and found areas that needed to be addressed.
White's lawyer, Cliff Ombeta, is asking why the police are dragging their feet yet when the matter first went to court there were charge sheets for both John Linus Wachira and Tett.
"Tett's charge sheet was pulled from the file by the clerks for consultation with the DPP, but only Wachira was charged. Why the double standards?" Ombeta asked the Star.
At the time Tett was questioned for hours by the police before she was released and her mobile telephone taken for forensic examination.
She then said she was ill and admitted in hospital when police sought to record a formal statement.
Tett and Andrew White are known to each other. White used to be the Creative Director of Scanad, East Africa's largest advertising agency. He retired in 2013 and set up a production company called Fat Rain Film to make radio and TV adverts.
Previously Tett's production company Supersonic Sound made a lot of adverts for Nairobi advertising agencies but in 2014 her expatriate manager quit to join White.
White's company then started to make inroads into the competitive production market while Tett's company got virtually no business.
White claims that in March 2014 Tett called him to her office at Crawford Business Park. According to White, she said, "Why are you doing this? Why are you taking everything? Why not leave us something?”
On Christmas Day Wachira drove to White's house in Lavington and demanded to see him.
White's daughter went out to the gate and took his mobile number with a promise to call after he said he had "good news for your father".
Then on December 28 Wachira told White on the phone that he had been offered Sh3 million to kill him. He wanted a refund from Andrew so that he does not execute his mission.
At that stage White believed that Wachira was an extortionist and he informed the police.
On December 29 police arrested Wachira at the Safari Park Hotel, where he was meeting White.
He reportedly told police officers that Tett was behind the plot and that she had given him information about White's residence and movements.
His mobile phone showed messages from Tett and his bank account transfers from Tett.
Wachira was taken to Lower Kabete police station where reportedly five vehicles with tinted windows arrived at night to secure his release.
Wachira then started complaining that he had been beaten by the police and refused to take a plea.
However the police stood firm and Wachira was eventually charged and pleaded not guilty on January 9 to charges of conspiracy to kill, extortion and bad use of a telecommunications device.
"The initial charge sheet read Wachira, Betty Tett and others not before court, so why has the former minister never been charged?" White's lawyer Ombeta told the Star last week.
On February 12, 2015, Ombeta was back in court to complain about delays in prosecuting the case and failure to arrest the other conspirators.
"This case is likely to collapse if the police and the prosecution do not arrest those who conspired with Wachira", the lawyer noted.
He also claimed that prosecution evidence is being destroyed.
"The arresting officer's statement, bank statement, motorcycle details are among the documents which have been removed in the file", Ombeta added. The record of the phone messages between Tett and Wachira has allegedly been edited.
Matters are complicated because Wachira recanted his confession on March 3, saying it was obtained under duress.
White has been to see Nairobi PCIO Nicholas Kamwende and is still hopeful that police will get to the bottom of the case. Reportedly CID director Muhoro Ndegwa wrote a letter saying that Tett should be arrested.
DPP Keriako Tobiko said there was insufficient evidence to link Tett to the conspiracy and returned the file to police to tie up the loose ends.
"The police are yet to return the file to my office", the DPP told the Star.
However White's lawyer claimed that his client has been offered Sh15 million to drop the case.
"If there was no involvement, why is my client getting emissaries to have the matter settled out of court?" Ombeta asked.
White and his wife Joy Mboya remain a worried couple as last month they were trailed by a man on a motorcycle on Mombasa Road before they took refuge at Lang’ata police station.
BUSINESSMAN Andrew White is a worried man three months after a hitman confessed that he had been given a contract to kill him.
Former assistant minister Betty Njeri Tett, who was arrested and grilled for being a conspirator in the murder threat, has never been taken to court. The man charged with threatening him was released on Sh500,000 bond and now roams the streets freely.
Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko says the file on the White assassination threat has been returned to the police after he reviewed it and found areas that needed to be addressed.
White's lawyer, Cliff Ombeta, is asking why the police are dragging their feet yet when the matter first went to court there were charge sheets for both John Linus Wachira and Tett.
"Tett's charge sheet was pulled from the file by the clerks for consultation with the DPP, but only Wachira was charged. Why the double standards?" Ombeta asked the Star.
At the time Tett was questioned for hours by the police before she was released and her mobile telephone taken for forensic examination.
She then said she was ill and admitted in hospital when police sought to record a formal statement.
Tett and Andrew White are known to each other. White used to be the Creative Director of Scanad, East Africa's largest advertising agency. He retired in 2013 and set up a production company called Fat Rain Film to make radio and TV adverts.
Previously Tett's production company Supersonic Sound made a lot of adverts for Nairobi advertising agencies but in 2014 her expatriate manager quit to join White.
White's company then started to make inroads into the competitive production market while Tett's company got virtually no business.
White claims that in March 2014 Tett called him to her office at Crawford Business Park. According to White, she said, "Why are you doing this? Why are you taking everything? Why not leave us something?”
On Christmas Day Wachira drove to White's house in Lavington and demanded to see him.
White's daughter went out to the gate and took his mobile number with a promise to call after he said he had "good news for your father".
Then on December 28 Wachira told White on the phone that he had been offered Sh3 million to kill him. He wanted a refund from Andrew so that he does not execute his mission.
At that stage White believed that Wachira was an extortionist and he informed the police.
On December 29 police arrested Wachira at the Safari Park Hotel, where he was meeting White.
He reportedly told police officers that Tett was behind the plot and that she had given him information about White's residence and movements.
His mobile phone showed messages from Tett and his bank account transfers from Tett.
Wachira was taken to Lower Kabete police station where reportedly five vehicles with tinted windows arrived at night to secure his release.
Wachira then started complaining that he had been beaten by the police and refused to take a plea.
However the police stood firm and Wachira was eventually charged and pleaded not guilty on January 9 to charges of conspiracy to kill, extortion and bad use of a telecommunications device.
"The initial charge sheet read Wachira, Betty Tett and others not before court, so why has the former minister never been charged?" White's lawyer Ombeta told the Star last week.
On February 12, 2015, Ombeta was back in court to complain about delays in prosecuting the case and failure to arrest the other conspirators.
"This case is likely to collapse if the police and the prosecution do not arrest those who conspired with Wachira", the lawyer noted.
He also claimed that prosecution evidence is being destroyed.
"The arresting officer's statement, bank statement, motorcycle details are among the documents which have been removed in the file", Ombeta added. The record of the phone messages between Tett and Wachira has allegedly been edited.
Matters are complicated because Wachira recanted his confession on March 3, saying it was obtained under duress.
White has been to see Nairobi PCIO Nicholas Kamwende and is still hopeful that police will get to the bottom of the case. Reportedly CID director Muhoro Ndegwa wrote a letter saying that Tett should be arrested.
DPP Keriako Tobiko said there was insufficient evidence to link Tett to the conspiracy and returned the file to police to tie up the loose ends.
"The police are yet to return the file to my office", the DPP told the Star.
However White's lawyer claimed that his client has been offered Sh15 million to drop the case.
"If there was no involvement, why is my client getting emissaries to have the matter settled out of court?" Ombeta asked.
White and his wife Joy Mboya remain a worried couple as last month they were trailed by a man on a motorcycle on Mombasa Road before they took refuge at Lang’ata police station.
- See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/spotlight-why-betty-tett-wanted-white-killed#sthash.yUEXLgsA.dpuf