Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) are reported to have raided an exclusive cyber office in Karen in pursuit of suspects who are believed to have authored a letter that has formed the basis of assassination claims against Deputy President William Ruto.
DCI raids Karen office in hunt for suspects behind Ruto assassination letter
"A lot has been retrieved from that office"
The Standard on Thursday quoted a detective who was aware of the investigation, who further claimed that the authorities were hunting two individuals who may have forged the letter with the intention of raising a false alarm.
“A lot of has been retrieved from that office. The officers are presently pursuing two individuals, who are suspected to have been behind the fake letter to cause a scare,” the sleuth said.
Detectives who spoke to the press highlighted a number of discrepancies in the letter had led security officers to suspect forgery.
President Uhuru Kenyatta
Firstly, the letter was addressed to President Uhuru Kenyatta, while the norm is that Cabinet Secretaries reach the head of state through Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua.
Secondly, government letters distributed among senior government officials are not written on white papers and instead use either blue or yellow conqueror paper.
Thirdly, the address to the recipient as “sir” is against protocol as the President is usually addressed as “your excellency”.
Although detectives suspect the letter was forged, the investigations have nevertheless extended to Office of the President and at State House – to establish if they letter was delivered in hard copy.
“We cannot dismiss the letter as fake until we establish where it came from. At this moment, we are treating it as a document of interest,” DCI boss George Kinoti.
Kinoti has also allowed the Cyber Crime Unit to work with international institutions, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), in getting the source of the letter.
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