Orengo: Ruto Should Be Summoned Over Harun Aydin Link

by Lawyer Alex

Siaya Senator James Orengo wants Deputy President William Ruto summoned before the National Assembly security committee to explain his links with deported Turkish national Harun Aydin.

Orengo, a staunch ally of ODM leader Raila Odinga, said the deputy president must be summoned to appear before MPs.

He said the DP should be called before the committee on national security, citing a case in South Africa where President Cyril Ramaphosa gave evidence before lawmakers.

“We must summon Ruto before the parliamentary committee to speak on these matters and give us an answer. Let him come before the parliamentary committee,” the senator said on Friday.

He spoke in Homa Bay during the burial of David Nyakwamba, who is the father of Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang’ and Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang’.

Orengo said Kenyans should take note of the probe’s importance, saying the Turkish national’s activities were suspect.

“Since this man was deported there has been no protest note from the Turkish government because they know his habit,” he said.

The lawmaker said the evidence tabled by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i before the Security committee was sufficient to put the DP to his defence.

The Turkish national was deported on Monday, the day he was expected to appear in court to answer to terror-linked charges.

Ruto was stopped from travelling to Uganda through Wilson Airport with the said foreign national for lack of clearance by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

In his presentation to MPs, the Interior CS said the Turk was a money-laundering suspect flagged out through regional mutual security pacts.

The CS added that Aydin “had documented interactions with known criminals regionally, which further raised security concerns about his activities.”

Matiang’i further revealed that Aydin’s passport had two exits that were not supported by stamped entries.

“This is raising serious security concerns on how he managed that,” the CS told the Limuru MP Peter Mwathi-led team.

He added that despite the Turkish national claiming to come in as an investor in the energy sector, there was no evidence of his investments in the country.

The CS further quipped that the data given by the purported investor regarding contacts and office location are non-existent.

Matiang’i, on the controversial deportation, said Istanbul requested to deal with the Ruto’s friend’s case in line with existing bilateral agreements with Nairobi.

“The government has done no wrong and cannot therefore apologize to him or the Turkish government,” the CS added.

Aydin’s lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi, however, discounted the narrative saying there was a request to the Turkish government on his client.

“For the record: The Turkish Government did not make any representation or request to the Government of Kenya on my client Mr Harun Aydin,” he said.

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