THE STATESMAN INSIDER: Ksh.17.2 Billion Oil Saga: Anne Njeri Details Meetings With Top Gov’t Officials
This road leads us to the supposed hideout of Anne Njeri Njoroge, the woman at the centre of the 17.2 billion shilling imported oil consignment.
“Hii si makao yangu …Niko hapa mafichoni kutokana na yale yanaendelea. Mimi ni Mkenya. Nakaa Nairobi. Been in oil business for 33 years. Ni pesa zangu. Sikupewa na serikali,” she tells Citizen TV.
So, how did the events that catapulted her to headline news begin?
“Nilipigiwa Simu tarehe 4 Mwezi huu . Nilienda kuripoti. Niliambiwa nikuje na court order. Wakasema mafuta ni ya Galana. Nilienda Kwa Chirchir 8th Wednesday. Tulizungumza na Yeye na nikampaa documents. Akasema mafuta ni ya Galana. Kama ni ya Galana Mbona hakumwaga for one month? Ilikuwa Mara ya kwanza kukutana na Yeye,” she narrates.
The meeting with CS Chirchir was triggered by the dispute over ownership of the consignment and more influential individuals were drawn into the conversation.
“Jeremiah Serem alinipea appointment…na akasema nakutana na Sudi… Four of us. Tuliongea lakini kulikuwa na tension wakati nili sema mafuta Sio yangu. Wakati kulikuwa na ubishi kwamba mafuta ni ya G to G…nilileta mafuta Kama Private importer …nikasema simjui. Chirchir alisema niende nimuone Amani tukiwa watu wanne..akasema tumuone mdogo wake,” Ms Njoroge says.
“Mtu wa kwanza kukutana na Yeye Nairobi ilikuwa Jeremiah Serem …jioni tukapata appointment ya kumuona Chirchir. Tulipata Oscar Sudi Kwenye ofisi ya Chirchir. Tuliambiwa Sudi anashikilia brief ya Ofisi kubwa.”
Attempts to get responses from the persons mentioned by Anne Njeri were futile as our calls and text messages went unanswered.
Njeri narrated her five-day kidnap ordeal claiming she was forced at gunpoint to renounce her claim of the 17.2 billion shillings diesel.
“Niliemda DCI as a complaint. Wakati nikimaliza statement …niliambiwa ningoje…nikasubiri hadi saa tatu usiku ..nikaambiwa niende pekee yangu ..sikuwa nimekula the whole day …wakaniambia tutoke …tukashuka chini …wakanipeleka nje…tukaenda parking ..wakaniambia ni relax..kwenye gari wakaniambia ni cooperate …wakaniambia niwekee password…gari ikaelekea Kiambu road..nikauliza tunaenda wapi,” she says.
“Nikaanza kuwaomba Mimi ni mama Niko na Watoto …nikaomba msiniuwee..wakasema hakuna shida…nilikuwa kwenye uwoga Mwingi sana …nikawaambia sijakosea serikali..nikawaambia kwamba Pia nyinyi mko na familia…wakasimama wakageuka.
“Gari ingine ikakuja..gari kubwa…wakanifunga macho …na gari Ikal za kwenda ..ilikuwa rough road ..nilikuwa naomba nikiwasihi wasiniuee…nikaingizwa kwenye nyumba nikafunguliwa macho…nikapata mattress pekee …wakasema hii ndiyo Nyumba yako.
She further narrates her experience in the hands of the alleged kidnappers, saying “Wakanipa chakula nikakataa…hata maji nikakataa..nili sema nafunga ..keshoye waliniletea fruits mingi na coffee …wahudumu walikuwa wamejifunika na silaha..nikikataa kwenda kujisaidia nikiogopa nitauwawa. Ilibidi nijikaze mkojo…nikajikojolea kabisa…hakuna mtu alikuja kunisaidia..nikaambiwa niseme Ukweli ka Sivyo hiyo itakuwa siku yako ya mwisho…watu wawili walinihoji..wakaniambia wanaenda kufanya uchunguzi wao..nikafungwa macho…wakaniacha Embakasi saa tatu usiku..walinirudishia Simu wakati huo …nilichukuliwa asubuhi na lawyer. Tukaenda Mombasa mahakama. Waliniambia ni drop hiyo kesi ..nikasema ni ngumu Kwa sababu mafuta ni yangu..nikasema wakili atanipa Mwale Leo.”
Njeri’s lawyer, Cliff Ombeta, has confirmed that her client had been summoned to surrender herself at the DCI Headquarters by Saturday noon 19th November, in order to be granted a police bond.
“She’s being hunted yet she is the complainant. Anne has been instructed to appear to DCI to be given bond of 100k…why now? She’s not a suspect. She was with her for 5 days. They released her on condition she withdraws case. This is meant to prevent her from appearing before the Parliamentary Committee. She might never reach parliament,” he says.
“DCI approached my colleague lawyer. Instructing Anne to appear at DCI HQ by 12pm today. This is a well-crafted game by state officers & cartels in government. Why was she locked up yet she is a complainant? You complain but you are the one in custody. KPA cannot establish fake documentation…who is the complainant?. The Government stole Anne’s fuel. What is Murkomen talking about? It was 100,000 metric tonnes. Not 93,000 as claimed by Chirchir. I think they are the gatekeepers in this deal.”
Anne Njeri ‘s 17 billion oil claim has sent tongues wagging with Azimio leader Raila Odinga publicly casting doubt on her financial capacity.
Njeri notes; “Mwenye pesa sijui ama sura gani. Mwenye pesa hajitambui…haina haja ya kujiinua..ni mwenye I Mungu tu Ana jua. Mwenye pesa hajionyeshi.”
Njeri’s mother has also thrown spanners in the works saying she has not seen her daughter for over 6 years and that she never knew Ann Njeri was wealthy.
Ms Njoroge who denies any oil importation dealings with both President William Ruto and former president Uhuru Kenyatta during his 33 years in oil entrepreneurship, says she will not bow down but soldier on in a bid to get Justice & compensation for her 100,000 metric tonnes worth of fuel.