Mutula Kilonzo Might have been Killed because of ICC—Previous threats reveals.
article was posted Saturday, June 30 2012 by Nation Newspaper
Education minister Mutula Kilonzo has attributed the
threatening text messages sent to him and members of his family to his stand on
a number of politically sensitive issues.
In an interview with the Sunday Nation, Mr Kilonzo,
the former Justice minister, cited his outspoken stand on Kenyan cases at the
International Criminal Court (ICC), free education funds and constitutional
reforms as possible reasons he was being targeted with death threats.
He spoke on the sidelines of the Kenya Secondary
School Heads Association meeting in Mombasa on Thursday.
Last week, the minister told Parliament that he had
received two messages from unknown people, threatening to kill him, on Tuesday.
Mr Kilonzo said that his wife and daughter had also
received similar messages.
“I am not like Martha [Karua] who bowed out of the
Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs under pressure. I am a hard nut
to crack. That is why they removed me from the ministry because of my stand on
ICC trials,” he said.
“I am the first sitting Cabinet minister to receive
such messages in the history of this nation.”
Mr Kilonzo vowed to get on with his life, saying
that conceding to the threats would hand the people behind the messages a
leeway to control him.
“Fear is the key that is used to control the human
will and resolve. Brave people die only once but cowards die very many times,”
“Their messages are horrifying for a soft heart
because they threatened to rape my wife and daughter before killing me in cold
Mr Kilonzo said he received the first message at
his Jogoo House office in Nairobi on his way to Parliament but ignored it. The
second message followed at 4.20 p.m. while he was in the House.
“This time round I could not keep it to myself so I
shared the two messages with my Cabinet colleagues and Speaker Kenneth
Marende,” he said. The sender, who did not identify himself or herself,
claimed to be working under the instructions of a ‘boss’ he named and who works
at a firm on State House Road.
The boss, according to the sender, has connections
to the Al-Shabaab terror group.
The sender alleged involvement in the recent
kidnapping of Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara, the bombing of Assanands House
and the explosion at a church in Ngara, Nairobi.
The minister recorded statements with the police,
the CID director and the National Security Intelligence Services (NSIS) on
Wednesday after consultations with close associates.
While at the Justice ministry, Mr Kilonzo was
outspoken for his firm stand on the ICC trials and repeatedly advised Kenyans
facing charges to cooperate with the court.