The Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko has ordered investigations into disappearance of a lawyer attached to State House Nairobi.
Mr Tobiko on Wednesday called for investigations into the whereabouts of Albert Muriuki following a formal request by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK). Tobiko’s order raises serious questions about earlier State House claims of CID led investigations.
“Kindly conduct investigations into the issues raised in this matter and forward a complete file to this office for perusal and advice,” Mr Tobiko said in a letter to Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss Ndegwa Muhoro.
If ever anybody will accuse the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko of being a rush man please offer a defense for the man. Say it is simply not true. The man, like a chameleon takes his time to move.
It is nearly two years since Albert Muriuki disappeared without a trace. Mr. Muriuki was not just some ordinary mortal – many who vanish on a daily basis in Kenya without anybody bothering to raise issue. Muriuki worked for the Most Powerful Man in Kenya – President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta. He held the position of State House Deputy Director in charge of Constitutional and Legislative Affairs.
According to his mother Dr Naomi Mutea, her son was last seen “neatly dressed” at the Pension Plaza on Loita Street on Dec 30, and has not been seen at his workplace or his residence since then. She said that she last spoke with him on December the 24th.
What has been surprising is the reaction of his employer. If an employee with access to the highest seat of power disappears, one would imagine the full resources of the state would be deployed to trace him. I want to believe the motive for such an intensive reaction would be the fear that he could have suffered as a result of his job. Needless to say such a disappearance bears immense security risks. Imagine if he landed in the hands of Al Shabaab what kind of access he would grant them?
Apart from a short statement by the State House spokesman to the effect that the matter was being handled by the Criminal Investigations Directory, there appears to have been no effort whatever to trace this Kenyan.
Mr Muriuki came from a decent family. The mother Dr Naomi Kathure Mutea is a senior nursing lecturer at Dedan Kimathi University. He graduated from Columbia Law School in New York in 2011. He then became an intern at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, Netherlands. Upon his return to Kenya, he joined the Law Ahmednasir Abdikadir & Company Advocates where he worked under the man he would later became the State House Director of Constitutional and Legislative Affairs and MP for Mandera – Abdikadir Hussein Mohamed. It is clear that his job at State House had very little to do with government and more to do with the personal case dogging Uhuru Kenyatta at the ICC. That is because Albert Muriuki had some experience working at the International Criminal Court. In February 2011, he wrote an article in the influential Foreign Affairs magazine about the Kenya situations.