Kidero to testify over Sh200mn bribe at Tunoi tribunal

June 9, 2016 9:04 am
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Officials at the tribunal confirmed that Governor Kidero had been summoned and was lined up to testify at 10am/FILE
Officials at the tribunal confirmed that Governor Kidero had been summoned and was lined up to testify at 10am/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 9 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero who is accused of bribing Justice Philip Tunoi with Sh200 million is Thursday morning expected to testify at the tribunal investigating the matter.

Officials at the tribunal confirmed that Governor Kidero had been summoned and was lined up to testify at 10am.

Overview
  • Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero was accused of bribing Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi with Sh200 million
  • Former Kass journalist Geoffrey 'Lelmet' Kiplagat made the claims which was denied by both Kidero and Tunoi
  • Tunoi is on suspension after President Kenyatta appointed a tribunal to investigate the bribery claims

Also set to testify Thursday is Kiprop Chirchir who is said to have accompanied Kidero to a fuel station on Waiyaki Way where the money allegedly exchanged hands.

Justice Tunoi has previously denied the allegations, saying he has never had an encounter with Governor Kidero apart from seeing him at the Supreme Court during the hearing of the petition that challenged his 2013 poll win.

A key report presented to the Special Committee of the Judicial Service Commission, that was used in recommending the formation of the tribunal has since been disowned by the National Intelligence Service.

Justice Tunoi on Wednesday told the tribunal that the disowned NIS report could have been authored at the Supreme Court.

The judge, through his counsel Fred Ngatia pointed out inconsistencies in the recanted document that were identical to those of the report by the Special Committee of the Judicial Service Commission.

“The authors are the same,” Ngatia insisted. “The document that you (Judiciary Ombudsman Kennedy Bidali) labelled from the NIS was actually generated from the Supreme Court.”

READ: Disowned NIS report authored at Supreme Court – Tunoi

The inconsistencies were largely on omissions of some judges involved in the investigations at the Special Committee of JSC stage and spelling mistakes of Tunoi’s first name.

The spy agency’s Director General, through a response to the tribunal on the controversial report categorically said that the “undated and unsigned document did not originate from the service.”

The report was hand delivered to Bidali at the Judiciary Training Institute and did not have a letterhead or even a signature.

READ: Tunoi questions authenticity of alleged NIS report

But Bidali in his defence said he was “trying to get a signed document” but up to now he had not managed to do so.

The new developments emerged during his cross-examination, where he revealed that the alleged NIS officers who handed over the undated and unsigned report, was introduced to him by the Chief Justice.

Bidali insisted that the individual works for the spy agency, saying the report which was heavily relied upon at the JSC level, was given to him as a pointer to the grave allegations levelled against the judge.

“They (NIS) have thrown me and my team under the bus,” Bidali reacting on the NIS position stated.

The alleged officer was supposed to “guide” him on how to approach the allegations.

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