Awet Akot in a past mission. [Photo/Akot Facebook]
Retired military General Awet Akot has dismissed claims that he knew Monica Kimani in person and that he helped her accumulate wealth.
A local daily had dragged the South Sudanese Presidential Military Advisor to Monica’s death, adding that she was introduced to her by her father who was hawking newspapers in Juba.
In a rejoinder, Mr. Akot, a one time military commander with SPLM and Deputy Speaker of South Sudan Assembly, termed the allegations malicious and ill intentioned.
“I have never met Monica Kimani either in person or through a proxy. I just heard her name when she was murdered and my name dragged in.
“Claims that I helped her accumulate wealth as shocking and untrue. I don’t even know the father which you claim I met in Rumbek. In addition, I don’t own properties in Nairobi which were allegedly being managed by her,” he said, adding that his wealth is known and it was impossible to help a stranger.
Reports on social and mainstream media in Kenya indicated that Mr. Akot has helped Monica to acquire properties when she allegedly worked in his office in Rumbek before both moving to Juba.
There were even claims that Mt. Akot bankrolled Monica’s father thus the expeditious acquisition of wealth.
And in his press statement, the former Army Commander demanded an apology further insisting of a possible legal battle.
“I therefore urge you to use the same media and clear my name. Failure to do this, be ready for a legal battle.”
Mr. Joseph Irungu and his fiance Jacque Maribe will be charged with murder of Monica Kimani following the DPP’s directive.
The two were arraigned in court on Tuesday but did not take plea after the judge ordered medical assessment for Maribe and Irungu’s treatment.
Detectives insist that they have gathered enough evidence to link the two to the controversial murder.
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