Gov’t withdraws terrorism case against 9 over Dusit attack


Gov't withdraws terrorism case against 9 over Dusit attack
NTSA officers; Anthony Mjaka Kadu, Jacqueline Githinji, Cosmas Ngeso, Nderitu Irving, Stephen Kariuki Mbaka and Charles Wangocho Ndungu in court over 14 Riverside attack. PHOTO| CITIZEN DIGITAL

In Summary

  • The agency released five NTSA employees; director of registration and licensing Jacqueline Githinji and her deputy Cosmas Ngesa together with clerical officers, Irungu Irvin, Stephen Mbaka and Charles Ndung'u.
  • The ATPU, through the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, also released Gladys Kaari, Guleid Abdihakim, Hussein Khamis and insurance agent Zipporah Karanja.
  • State counsel Duncan Ondimu said the after investigations, ATPU did not find evidence linking them to the attack and is no longer interested in keeping them in custody.

The Anti-terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) has withdrawn terror-link allegations against five NTSA employees and four others over the Dusit attack that left 21 dead and scores injured.

The agency released the five; director of registration and licensing Jacqueline Githinji and her deputy Cosmas Ngesa together with clerical officers, Irungu Irvin, Stephen Mbaka and Charles Ndung’u.

ATPU had cited the two vehicles bearing the same registration number plate KCN 304E with one having been used in the commission of the terror attack and the other one having been found elsewhere in Kitengela.

The ATPU, through the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, also released Gladys Kaari, Guleid Abdihakim, Hussein Khamis and insurance agent Zipporah Karanja.

Kaari was detained after ATPU established that she aided the leader of the six terrorists killed during the attack Ali Salim Gichunge to withdraw cash at her M-Pesa shop despite not having a national ID.

State counsel Duncan Ondimu said the after investigations, ATPU did not find evidence linking them to the attack and is no longer interested in keeping them in custody.

Mr. Ondimu said the six have been cooperating well with investigators and answered all the questions they were asked during the investigations.

He however said there are separate ongoing investigations that will require the suspects to report at the ATPU headquarters periodically.

Only Andihakim was released unconditionally.

The NTSA officials will be required to report at the ATPU head office every Thursday beginning next week. Kaari, Karanja and Khamis will be reporting at the counter terrorism unit offices once every month.

Ondimu added that two NTSA officials; Anthony Kadu and Augustine Musembi will remain in custody pending completion of investigations against them.

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