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PROBE FAILS TO LINK KENYAN MP's TO DRUGS.

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A preliminary report cites lack of sufficient evidence to prosecute the suspects — four MPs and a businessman. However, it says drug trafficking is rampant in the country and recommends police be given more time and resources to arrest drug barons. Internal Security Minister George Saitoti named former assistant minister and Kilome MP Harun Mwau, Kisauni MP Hassan Joho, Makadara MP Gidion Mbuvi, Juja MP William Kabogo and prominent businessman Ali Punjani as those under investigation. (Read: Mwau resigns under cloud of drugs charges) The inquiry was led by deputy officer in charge of police operations Kambona Ombaba, Coast PPO Aggrey Adoli, his CID counterpart, and Mombasa Urban, Kisauni, Kilindini, and Malindi OCPDs. Malindi, Likoni and Kisauni DCs and a former drug user also participated in the investigation. The team obtained court orders to scrutinise bank accounts and search warrants to some premises. The revelation is contained in a 300-page report that was handed over to Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere on Friday. The report says despite “efforts to conduct investigations, it proved elusive to secure substantive evidence with which to implicate, let alone prosecute any of the mentioned suspects”. “It is not easy to get evidence to incriminate them, let alone that which may withstand the rigorous test in a court of law against the drug dealers,” the preliminary report says. The detectives say informers were unwilling to record statements. This is because drug barons use their riches to protect themselves and no witness was willing to give evidence against them for fear of being killed, the report says. (Read: How drug dealers evade police and customs dragnet)

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