BY DOMINIC WABALA
Former President Moi’s daughter-in-law Rosanna Pluda Moi yesterday recorded a lengthy
statement at the CID headquarters claiming that her husband had threatened to kill her. Rosanna said Philip Kipchirchir Moi had sent her threatening text messages saying he would kill her. Rosanna has sued Philip for maintenance but he claims he cannot meet her obligations as he has no money and depends on the goodwill of family and friends. She was driven into the CID headquarters on Kiambu Road at about 12:30 pm in the company of an associate of Judy Thongori, a well known family law practitioner. Rosanna and her lawyer asked to see the CID Director Muhoro Ndegwa.
Dressed in black and white flowered cotton trousers and a multi-coloured sweater and wearing big dark goggles, Rosanna briefly confirmed to the Star that she had gone to the CID to report and record a statement about the threats from her husband. She and her lawyer declined to give more information but entered their vehicle and drove off. Rosanna was received by Muhoro’s personal assistant who directed her to the officer in charge of the Investigation Bureau Mohammed Amin who then instructed a detective to record her statement.
A visibly distressed Rosanna showed the detectives several abusive short text messages as well as one threatening message in which she claimed her estranged husband had sent her when he found out that she had returned from Southern Sudan where she has been working. “I can confirm that l have come to report receiving death threats. I cannot talk more because l am under a lot of pressure. We will talk later,” was all Rossana said before being driven out of the CID headquarters at about 5:15 pm in a metallic black Audi 4×4 car with
In her statement Rosanna told detectives that she was scared her husband would kill her because this was not the first time he had issued similar threats. She said that the threats started when she indicated her intention to divorce him. She said she decided to divorce him after he refused to reconcile with her. She said since then, he had refused to talk to her even though the rest of the Moi family are still friendly with her. “The woman is really scared and is asking for police to help her. She truly believes that her husband, who has threatened to kill her several times in the past, is determined to kill her this time. She is so scared. She claims that he has not been giving her money and she has been forced to seek employment is Southern Sudan but has since lost that job. The SMSs she has shown detectives are very abusive and one contained a death threat which police will investigate,” a senior CID officer who saw the statement said.
Detectives from the Criminal Intelligence Unit will now have to contact Philip Moi to question him. They will also have to establish whether the threatening SMSs complained about by Rosanna came from him or any phone registered by him. The first step will be to get the cell phone records of both Rosanna and Philip from their mobile service provider. Rossana filed for divorce in December 2008. She wants to end their marriage of 16 years and accuses Philip of cruelty and adultery saying he had had a three-year affair with another woman between 2001 and 2003.
Last month, High Court Judge Roselyne Nambuye ordered Philip to pay the Sh2.7 million he owed Rosanna as arrears for maintenance and child support. Philip risks serving jail term unless he pays the arrears as well as monthly child support of Sh250,000 for their children. The court ordered that his property be attached if he does not make the payments within 30 days of being served with the order. Aggrieved by the order, Philip sought temporary orders to stop Rosanna from demanding the money from him claiming it was beyond what Rosanna used to receive during their marriage.
However, the court rejected the application as Philip had failed to prove his claim that he was unable to meet his financial obligations due to “financial tribulations”. He did not provide the court with any evidence regarding the extent of his wealth and financial ability. The court said Philip had “withheld valuable information” which would have helped it reach its decision. Rosanna insists Philip is a man of means and she provided the court with a list of properties she believes belong to him.
Among the properties listed by Rossana is a palatial home in Muthaiga, a house with a swimming pool in Nakuru standing on 350 acres, a building on Riverside, Nairobi, and a beach house on an eightacre piece of land at Watamu. She says Philip operates several foreign bank accounts and recently disposed of an oil factory on an 11-acre piece of land in Nairobi’s Industrial Area. She said Philip’s financial capability has been demonstrated by paying school fees at high-cost schools for their children.
Philip has denied he is a wealthy man and claims he is struggling to survive with the help of friends. The only income he claims he receives is a paltry pension he gets as a retired army officer. He said he drew no riches from the Moi name and does not draw any support from his father.