NAIROBI, Kenya, May 20 – Former Attorney General Amos Wako on Tuesday asked the current AG, Githu Muigai, to stop dragging his name into the Anglo Leasing scam.
Even though Wako agreed with Muigai’s written explanation on the Anglo Leasing saga, he differed with the AG’s off-the-cuff remarks where he referred to himself as a mortician.
During a news conference in Nairobi on Monday, Muigai referred to himself as a mortician dealing with a dead patient left on the operating table by ‘surgeons’.
“I must say that I am surprised that a whole Attorney General of the Republic of Kenya could refer to himself as a ‘mortician’. If I was a ‘surgeon’ as he has clearly indicated in his remarks, then I handed over the office of the Attorney General to a fellow surgeon to continue with the treatment of the said ‘patient’.”
In a statement sent from Geneva, Switzerland, The Busia Senator said: “He (Muigai) took over the office and swore to diligently serve the people of Kenya in his capacity as the principal legal advisor to the government.”
Wako further urged the incumbent to take responsibility since he took office after the Anglo Leasing defence was filed.
“He should therefore bear full responsibility and stop dragging my name into this, since I had long left the office during the defence process.”
The Anglo Leasing scam sparked a spate of controversies after President Uhuru Kenyatta authorised for the payment of Sh1.4 billion to two companies involved in the Anglo Leasing contracts.
Muigai has been under fire over allegations that he misadvised the government to pay money to ‘ghost’ companies.
The Law Society of Kenya also on Monday petitioned Parliament seeking his removal from office and also wrote to the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission to investigate him over alleged conspiracy to defraud public finances through ‘procurement of an irregular judgment and acting contrary to Chapter Six of the Constitution which provides for Leadership and Integrity’.
Muigai defended himself and his office saying all actions undertaken were within law and that he contacted the best lawyers to advise Kenya on the way forward to handle the Anglo Leasing tussle.