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DPP Ingonga orders probe into illegal discharge of Sh17bn oil consignment, detention of Anne Njeri » Capital News


NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 24 – The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) has directed the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to open a probe into what it described as the illegal detention of the embattled businesswoman Anne Njeri by state agents.

Njeri who is the Director of Anns Import & Export Enterprise limited is at the centre of the alleged importation of Sh17 billion worth of 100,000 metric tonnes of diesel.

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Renson Ingonga also wants the DCI to investigate the “illegal” discharge of diesel fuel from Messrs “Haigui” vessel by the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), Kenya Pipeline Company into Galana Energies.

The DPP said that his office had received a letter of complaints from Njoroge’s legal team, David Chumo Advocates

“Pursuant to Article 157(4) of the Constitution, I hereby direct that investigations be carried out into the matter and the resultant police duplicate inquiry file forwarded to this office for perusal and advise,” Ingonga said in a letter to DCI Director Mohamed Amin.

The DPP called on Amin to expedite the investigations into the matter.

The detention of Njeri elicited mixed reaction from Kenyans and a section of leaders who have linked her woes to senior government officials.

last week, she expressed fears over her life when she narrated her four-day ordeal in the hands of abductors.

She reportedly went missing after recording a statement at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters last Thursday.

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Five days after her alleged disappearance, Njeri was accompanied by her lawyers Cliff Ombeta and David Chumo to Mombasa Law Courts.

Outside the Mombasa High Court, Njeri shared her harrowing experience, stating, “I was kept in a house in the middle of Karura forest for four days. I was being coerced to withdraw the case.”

Njeri has insisted that she is the owner of the 100,000 metric tonnes of diesel imported into the country, despite claims by Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) that Njeri had forged documents to steal the fuel from the government.

According to KPA, the consignment’s shipper is identified as Aramco Trading Fujairah, and the consignee as Galana Energies.

Aramco is one of the three International Oil Companies (IOCs) appointed by the government to supply oil to Kenya, while Galana Energies is one of three counterparts allowed to import oil on behalf of the IOCs.

A day after her remarks, Energy Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir claimed Njoroge forged documents as she tried to lay claim to 93,000 metric tonnes of diesel from Saudi Arabia.

In what appears to further deepen the mystery, Chirchir in a heavily worded statement said Ann’s Import and Export Enterprises Limited has never been licensed to import oil.

Chirchir revealed that Ann’s recent attempt to apply for a license through Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority online portal was declined after she failed to meet certain key requirements.

“Ann’s Import and Export Enterprises Limited is therefore not licensed to import petroleum into Kenya as required under Section 74(1)(a) of the Petroleum Act 2019 and cannot therefore claim to have imported a diesel cargo into the country onboard MT Haigui,” read the statement by Chirchir in part. Chirchir in the statement added that Anne’s company

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