A few days ago, National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi received a letter dated Monday June 22, 2015. Of the many leters he receives, this one was special because it contained a powdery substance inside.
At that time the Speaker was away in Germany on official duties. His staff forwarded the letter to the Government Chemist and now the results are out.
The powdery substance has been identified as Zinc phosphide, commonly used as a rat poison or as a rodenticide. The letter is believed to have originated from Nyeri since it had a newspaper cutting demanding payment of retirement benefits for teachers from Nyeri county. Education Committee chairperson Sabina Chege was heavily criticised in the letter.
“I don’t know why they sent it to me because I don’t sit in the Treasury and I’m not responsible for the payment of retirement benefits to teachers,” Muturi told the Star newspaper.
Was the poison meant to kill him? Well, CID have started their investigations.
“The matter was taken up last week and already, chemical analysts have identified the powdery substance,” a senior CID officer revealed.