NAIROBI, Kenya, May 19 – Attorney General Githu Muigai has mounted strong defence of the State Law Office and his handling of the Anglo-Leasing cases, saying they did their best in defending the matter.
During a press conference on Monday morning, an agitated AG tabled documents to show that none of the officials was responsible for the London judgment that was issued in favour of owners of the dubious contracts.
He explained that his office acted within the law and did not use any dodgy procedures in handling the Anglo Leasing contracts.
“Any allegation therefore, that these cases were being mediated or handled in England under the table, under wraps in a quick fashion to achieve ulterior motives…nothing could be further from the truth, nothing could be more libellous of my officers, of my office and of myself,” Muigai defended.
The AG added that Kenya acted procedurally and transparently as it made informed decisions after wide consultations with legal experts before taking any action in handling the matter.
One of the allegations levelled against the Government of Kenya concerning the Anglo Leasing scam is that money is being paid to ‘ghost’ companies.
The AG circulated to the media documents with information about companies and individuals linked to the Anglo Leasing Project.
He also said though it was not his office to confirm if there was supply made to Kenya, consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Ministry of Communication confirmed having received broadband capacity.
“It has been said that the government paid ghost companies, I have particulars of the people and the files are completely up to date. It has been said these are contracts where air was supplied. It is not for AG to say what has been supplied or not. But the Ministry of Communication and PWC consistently admitted that Kenya had received broadband capacity from this company,” he clarified.
Muigai also said that the mediation for the Anglo-Leasing payments was made before he assumed office on August 29, 2011 and explained that at no time was Kenya unwilling to pursue the matter only that attempts for appeal were blocked.
He spoke even as the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) petitioned the National Assembly to kick start the process of removing him from office over the Anglo-Leasing payments.
In a petition addressed to the Clerk of the National Assembly, LSK said Muigai is to blame for the judgment entered in London, leading to the approval of Sh1.4 billion payment by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
LSK Chairman Eric Mutua said in the petition that the AG is responsible because he failed to appoint a suitable lawyer or team of lawyers to defend the case.
Hardly had the AG addressed the media before LSK wrote a letter to the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission asking for Muigai to be investigated over the Anglo Leasing contracts.
Mutua said Muigai should be investigated 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’.
“I think that the treatment they (LSK) have meted out to me in the last 72 hours is totally unjustified, it is highly regrettable and it is actuated by other considerations other than the facts I have talked to you about,” the AG responded but said he would wait for the decision of the court on the matter.