Former Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) director, Ndegwa Muhoro, said during his vetting for ambassadorial position that his total net worth is Ksh88 million, and MPs found it hard to believe.
Mr Muhoro, who was nominated as Kenya’s ambassador to Malaysia, was appearing before the National Security, Defense and Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, August 2.
Mosop MP Vincent Tuwei put Mr Muhoro to task to explain why the figure he had stated as his net worth wasn’t convincing.
“The figure you have disclosed as your net worth – Ksh88 million – does not seem true. It looks like an understatement,” said Mr Tuwei.
“My net worth is not an understatement,” said Mr Muhoro.
The ex-chief sleuth was appointed as DCI boss on the eve of the promulgation of the Constitution on August 26, 2010.
Before crossing over to active police service, Mr Muhoro worked as a teacher at the Kenya Police College.
He, thereafter, was promoted from a senior superintendent of police to assistant commissioner of police and placed as the commandant of the police academy in Loresho, Nairobi.
His appointment thrust him to the core of security operations in Kenya.
His educational history shows he pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Nairobi. He completed his undergraduate studies in 1990.
Mr Muhoro also holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the same university. He completed the course in 2009.
During his vetting Thursday, Saboti MP Caleb Amisi tasked Mr Muhoro to explain why his curriculum vitae had only one referee, a priest, and not the conventional three.
“I see in your CV, you have only one referee; a Catholic priest. You mean you could not get other referees? Are you saying you were so much of an altar boy? Remember, we are not vetting you to be a Catholic priest, but a diplomat,” said Mr Amisi.
Mr Muhoro clarified that he has three referees; and that only one, among the three, was a Catholic priest.
The ex-DCI boss had a difficult time convincing the MPs why he should be given the green light to head Kenya’s embassy in Malaysia, with the legislators saying several extrajudicial killings and murder cases were witnessed under his tenure.
The MPs said many of those cases remained unresolved even by the time Mr Muhoro was vacating office in January, 2018 after seven years at the helm of DCI operations.
“The issue of unresolved murder cases is complex. For the time I served as head of DCI, I led from the front. I pushed for enactment of laws in cybercrime, terrorism, among others. I, however, admit that more needs to be done,” said Mr Muhoro.
The Chairman of the Defense and Foreign Relations Committee, Katoo Ole Metito, reminded Mr Muhoro that city lawyer Ahmednassir Andullahi opposed his nomination as an ambassador on integrity grounds.
“I know this petition; and even issues raised against me. There is nothing new. I am in court with this guy. He was ordered not to say anything against me; either in person or through his agents. He even alleged that I want to kill him, something I have never thought about,” said Mr Muhoro.
FIRST POLICE AMBASSADOR
“I want to appeal to this committee. If you clear me, and I am appointed, I will be the first police officer to be appointed as an ambassador. From my county of Laikipia, I will be the second to be appointed as an ambassador,” said Mr Muhoro.