, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 2 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero on Tuesday appeared before the special committee of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) investigating allegations that he paid Supreme Court Justice Philip Tunoi Sh200 million to sway an election petition in his favour.
After appearing before the committee, Kidero told waiting reporters that he had no need to bribe Tunoi as he had a very strong case.
He also again denied having had any personal interaction with Tunoi or their accuser Geoffrey Kiplagat.
“Whether it was one shilling or 300 million shillings, I did not pay any bribe.”
Kidero accused prominent Nairobi lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi of saying that the alleged bribe was closer to Sh300 million, to get even with him.
He accused Abdullahi of harbouring a grudge because Kidero refused to procure services in the petition pitting him against now-Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu.
“My case was so strong that he offered to represent me. But the Sh25 million he demanded up front was too steep and I already had a competent defence team. Later I found out he was representing Waititu.”
Abdullahi on Sunday tweeted that the bribe Kidero is alleged to have paid out was a hundred million more than reported as it was paid out to more than just Tunoi.
In light of the damage the allegations have done to his reputation, Kidero has threatened to sue, “damn great,” all those he believes were complicit in tarnishing his name.
Another lawyer, Issa Mansur, who acted as commissioner for oaths for Kiplagat when he swore an affidavit on the alleged corrupt dealing between Kidero and Tunoi, also appeared before the special committee on Tuesday. “They just needed me to verify my signature,” he told Capital News.
Tunoi has accused him of possibly being an agent of those he claims fabricated the bribery allegations against him: the JSC.
Katwa Kigen, a lawyer accused of receiving a briefcase containing over Sh200 million in US Dollars for Tunoi, also appeared before the committee on Tuesday.