Deputy President William Ruto’s long-term Personal Assistant Farouk Kibet has become the prime suspect in the fatal shooting of Sergeant Frank Kipyegon Kenei, 33, who was found dead at his Twiga Court, Villa Franca home on Thursday, Kenyan News Day can authoritatively reveal.
As anxiety mounts among DP Ruto staff with their fate becoming uncertain, many of them are secretly contacting lawyers and swearing affidavits to protect themselves and their loved ones in the event they are eliminated.
The no-so-lucky Kenei was found shot in the head at the crime scene in a strange twist of events that had seen him disappear just before he was due to record a statement with Directorate of Criminal Investigations over the Sh39 billion con-deal hatched at the Office of the Deputy President.
Impeccable sources told Kenyan News Day Farouk was being probed alongside other security officers attached to the Deputy President after sleuths investigating the scandal became aware of deliberations of two crisis meetings that were held at the Deputy President Karen residence after former CS Rashid Echesa and three others were arraigned in court.
Special Services Unit (SSU) detectives are seeking Kenei’s landlord and interviewing his neighbours after reports appeared to suggest the house was in reality an operation hideout with Kenei’s real residence to be found in Umoja Estate in sprawling Eastlands suburb of Nairobi.
According to other sources close to the investigation, the house at which Kenei was found dead was rented to a different individual whom detectives are in the process of digging evidence that link the person to Farouk Kibet.
SSU have in their possession a print out of call logs, which has been seen by Kenyan News Day, showing that Farouk had severally called Kenei on the morning of February 13th and ordered him to book Echesa and his guests into the DP’s office and allow them access to VVIP waiting room on the heavily-guarded second floor on Harambee House Annexe; an order that Kenei complied with to the fullest at around 9.30am that morning.
In his days as a security officer at DP’s office, Kenei was in charge of vetting visitors at the second floor reception and he routinely confiscated firearms, mobile phones and other material that were not ordinarily allowed to be carried by visitors going to see the Deputy President. Kenei was reportedly also Farouk’s right hand man at Harambee House Annexe.
In the days before his rotting corpse was discovered by a housemaid in the vicinity of Imara Daima estate, detectives from the SSU started to be concerned when Kenei mysteriously quit all his social media accounts, switched off his mobile phones and could not be tracked for the last three days.
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The shocking discovery of Kenei’s decomposing corpse led to a massive security operation at the Villa Franca home on Thursday afternoon, an operation that was led, no less, by the DCI Director George Kinoti.
SSU detectives immediately ruled out suicide because Kenei, found with a bullet hole in his chin, was actually planning a wedding with his childhood sweetheart and had formed a WhatsApp group of friends and relatives to help plan for his big day.
Even as he was being tracked down, the group Kenei formed was actively going ahead with plans and nothing suspicious was reported within the group, according to a shocked member of the group who spoke to Kenyan News Day on condition of anonymity.
Sources further told the Kenyan News Day detectives had been ordered against using their private phone lines for official duty because SSU suspected that elements within the DP’s office had access to sophisticated gadgets that they were using alongside rogue NIS officers, Safaricom staff and other highly technical hackers from Western Europe to infiltrate flagged phone conversations amongst security officers.
The situation is so serious that seasoned detectives do not even trust police radio conversations.
Even as Kenei lay dead and rotting in his home, yesterday DP William
Ruto chaired a second crisis meeting this week attended by his senior staff at his Karen residence.
During this meeting, the DP openly issued a chilling warning of dire consequences for their continuous leaking of confidential information to his political adversaries and news sites such as what he called “the notorious rag-tag Kenyan News Day.”
Alleging a sabotage plot during the day-long meeting, a furious Ruto accused some of his officials of being moles who were working for ODM leader Raila Odinga and were leaking sensitive information to anonymous online media who were undermining what he had tirelessly worked to achieve in the last decade.
Ruto minced no words and told his staff that he would personally deal with anyone who would sabotage his 2022 presidential ambitions vowing to hunt down people who attack him online, one by one.