In homage to Mr Njonjo, who died Sunday at the age of 101, a look at the report of the Commission of Inquiry, chaired by Judge Cecil Miller, sheds more light on the almighty man whose word was law.
The report contains evidence from key figures including ODM leader Raila Odinga, Mr. Lawrence Sifuna (then MP for Bungoma South) and former Foreign Secretary the late Dr. Robert Ouko.
It was on the basis of this evidence that the commission decided that Mr Njonjo was involved in planning the failed coup and subsequently plunged the powerful man into political oblivion.
President Daniel Moi “pardoned” Mr Njonjo, who lived a quiet life until his death last Sunday and cremated a few hours later.
Mr Odinga testified to the Commission on July 26, 1984 during his detention after he was thrown in jail on March 23, 1983.
According to the report, Mr. Odinga said he had a conversation with a Kiprono arap Keino, then the deputy speaker of the National Assembly, at the Hilton Gymnasium Hotels, Nairobi, March 1982.
“The two started discussing politics in general. Odinga told Keino that there are certain cliques in the government trying to intimidate and silence parliament, which is not in the best interests of the country. Keino replied: ‘I know that you don’t like Njonjo …’. “The report says.
” By ‘you people’ “Keino meant the Luos. Odinga then told Keino that the Luos had no reason to like someone who once said he couldn’t shake hands with them. Keino replied whether the Luos liked it or not, Njonjo would make it as the next president of this country. “
He adds:” At this point, Keino did not explain how this was supposed to happen. Odinga expressed his personal opinion: Njonjo is a daydreamer because, in my opinion, (he) cannot win a free and fair election. Keino confirmed that things would be arranged soon for Njonjo to become president … “
The report also contains damning evidence that Mr Njonjo was involved in the illegal importation of firearms, and states that the evidence what was found in a family home was “terrifying”.
Has issued the guns
The commission found that the main actors involved in the Imports of the arms depot were involved, members of the Haryanto family, a man named Captain Boskovic, the official driver of Mr. Njonjo, Chief Inspector of the Kabucho Wakori Police and the then Chief Licensing Officer of the Central Firearms Bureau, Senior Superintendent of Police Douglas Alan Walker.
Captain Boskovic was the managing director of a company called Boskovic Air Charters Ltd, of which Mr. Njonjo and a member of the Haryanto family were shareholders and directors. It was Mr. Walker, who issued permits for the arms to be illegally imported on the orders of Mr. Njonjo.
Mr. Wakori was once picking up the luggage of the Haryantos when they arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The bags, which were not subject to mandatory inspection, contained firearms and ammunition. Mr. Walker issued the gun licenses in the VIP lounge.
“The evidence clearly showed that an excessive amount of firearms and ammunition, along with the installation of ground-to-air and air-to-air, ground-to-air and -Receiving radios housed in two adjoining rooms of a private residence owned by the Haryanto family and located along Lenana Road in the heart of Nairobi, the capital… ”the report says.
“In particular, this huge arms and ammunition depot was stored centrally within deadly reach of the State House, the Kenyan Army headquarters and a police station. We saw that for ourselves when we officially visited Haryanto’s house in the course of the investigation… ”
The commission also found that Mr Njonjo had ordered several South Africans to be issued visas without the approval of the immigration authorities Department or review.
Among those who entered Kenya this way were a member of the apartheid government of South Africa and senior officers in the South African armed forces.
Kenya. articulate foreign policy
The participation of Mr Njonjo in the apartheid leaders violated the politics of Kenya at the time.
On June 6, 1980, Dr. Ouko angered Mr. Njonjos when he attacked the apartheid regime during an international press conference.
The next day, Mr. Njonjo called the minister and scourged him, demanding to know why he had “devastated” South Africa .
Dr. Ouko said that as Foreign Minister for Affairs he had the responsibility to formulate Kenya’s foreign policy, which President was also aware of. “Dr. Ouko: Njonjo asked me:” Why did you blow up South Africa? “I told him that I was foreign minister and that it was my duty to explain Kenya’s foreign policy to the rest of the world. I went on to say that as foreign minister I was the official spokesman for the Kenyan government on these matters and that even the president did this about South Africa said. “
” Then Mr. Njonjo said to me: ‘Well, let him do it, but not you. ” In response I said, “You must be kidding. I haven’t said all there is to be said and I will continue with that in mind. Njonjo replied,” You were warned and you should be better, heed my warning. “Dr. Ouko was killed in February 1990 Resident of South Africa in complete disregard for Kenyan security. To enter Kenya, Mr. Njonjo behaved in a manner that is detrimental to the security of the state.
Another interesting aspect of the Report is that Mr Njonjo, in seeking support from MPs in an alleged plan to support a motion of censure, did not send envoys to legislators to win them over.
Besides the promise to Funding Harambees in their constituencies and even giving them money, he also intimidated them that they would be imprisoned without trial.
Guilt of high treason
In 1981, that’s e In the report, Mr Njonjo sent Mr Jackson Kalweo, the MP from Nyambene North and a deputy minister, to see Mr Lawrence Simiyu Sifuna, the then MP from Bungoma South, who stubbornly refused to join Mr Njonjo’s camp.
In order to intimidate Mr Sifuna, Mr Njonjo had sent the MP’s file to the then feared criminal police.
“The purpose was to detect any minor error, either mileage or something, and then land in a hot soup … luckily there was nothing, I was clean and my file was returned, “said Mr Sifuna of the commission.
He added:” To be a traitor and to be guilty of treason you have to be someone who wants to overthrow the government by unconstitutional means. That is exactly what Njonjo wanted to achieve. Njonjo himself aimed to become president of the country. ”
The report says that when Mr Njonjo had an opportunity to defend himself against the allegations, he made a vague statement and refused to admit angry – verified by his own attorney.
“Gentlemen, I am very sorry that this procedure became necessary. It has now been over a year since the investigation opened and we have 102 days of the Hearings, “said Mr Njonjo.
” This was of course an uncomfortable and sad and indeed a humiliating experience for me. But I believe that the fact that such proceedings have taken place pays homage to them Maturity and stability of our country and the Christian wisdom of His Excellency the President …
“Trusting in the wisdom and fairness of His Excellency the President, I have asked my two lawyers to do all they can about this Place to follow the rest of the procedure here as quickly as possible z as possible. I am very grateful to you, my lords, for letting me know. I just want to say this, and that is all I want to say. “
The Commission noted that Mr Njonjo did not appear to be aware of the progress of the Investigation was concerned, but “instead pretended to address His Excellency the President (directly)”.
“In doing so, he has once again left untouched all allegations made against him and the mass of evidence presented, and thus negative conclusions left open to him. ”