BY DOMINIC WABALA
Philip Kipchirchir Moi, son of former President Moi, visited the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters on Kiambu Road two days after his estranged wife Rosanna Pluda Moi reported receiving threatening phone calls and messages from him.
Philip, accompanied by an aide, went to the same officer who recorded his wife’s statement on August 17 and denied sending her any death threats. Rosanna has filed for divorce to end their marriage of 16 years on the basis of cruelty and adultery.
A senior CID officer privy to the investigation said of Philip: “He visited the CID headquarters and went to the Investigations Bureau division where he recorded a statement. His wife has come back twice again. First it was on the same day the husband was here and on another day.”
Rosanna has continued to report to the detectives expressing concern for her life because of strange phone calls and messages. She added that she had noticed a strange car parked at her gate late at night several days ago and asked them to investigate the matter.
In her statement dated August 17, Rosanna said she has been a senior adviser in South Sudan for M-Oil & Minerals Ltd for six years until the company wound up and she decided to relocate to Kenya.
She reported that she received two calls on a number she didn’t know and recognised the voice as that of her husband. She said the caller abused her and threatened to send someone to kill her. The statement further says the caller continued with the threats on August 9. Rosanna says that Philip abused her in the presence of their daughter on another occasion.
Rosanna has sued Philip for maintenance but he claims he cannot meet the 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 12:30pm 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.
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.
She was directed to the officer in charge of the Investigation Bureau Mohammed Amin who then instructed a detective to record her statement. “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 Rosanna said before being driven out of the CID headquarters. She filed for divorce in December 2008.
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 being jailed if he does not pay 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 verdict, 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.