Livestock assistant minister Dhadho Godhana recorded a statement with the police in connection with last month’s massacre of 52 villagers in Tana River County.
Mr Godhana recorded the statement at the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters on Kiambu Road on Thursday, a police official, who sought anonymity because he is not authorised to give information to the media, told the Nation.
CID director Ndegwa Muhoro confirmed the development, saying it was part of the ongoing investigations into the killings.
Detectives have been on Mr Godhana’s trail for the last two weeks after acting Internal Security minister Yusuf Haji linked him to the massacre and directed that CID investigate his role in the attacks between Pokomo and Orma communities.
Mr Haji accused Mr Godhana of failing to cooperate with other leaders in their attempts to find lasting peace while issuing a statement in Parliament.
“He has refused to join other local leaders and MPs in security meetings,” said Mr Haji.
However, Mr Godhana insisted he had been on the frontline in engaging local communities in peace efforts, adding that it was Mr Haji who needed to be investigated over the killings.
He claimed the minister had plans to occupy the border between North Eastern Province and Tana River to expand his development projects.
“The Defence minister has three schools among other projects and he has been making a lot of efforts to push his interests in this area,” said Mr Godhana. “Mr Haji has been the person spearheading an expansionist plan to occupy part of Tana.”
The Galole MP said he was willing to be investigated but the CID was yet to contact him.
“I am ready to work with the CID to help track down the attackers,” said Mr Godhana during a news conference at Chester House in Nairobi on Friday.
He blamed the animosity between communities in the Tana River County on political rivalry among leaders.
“Attaining permanent peace in this region is not easy with the opposition that exists between leaders,” he said.