, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 1 – A witness in the controversial Anglo- Leasing contracts has told the High Court that there was no conspiracy to defraud the government, saying the money was paid from the budget.
Monica Waithera Muthoni of the Treasury said that payments were made according to an allocated budget.
The Court heard that she prepared a budget for the payouts and that “nothing was done outside the authorized payments.
She confirmed that she paid a 3 percent commitment fee upfront amounting Sh169 million.
A second witness Wilson Gikonyo, a state lawyer, told Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku that he conducted a background search in regard to a company known as Infotalent before the government signed the contract and found it was a genuine firm registered overseas but not locally.
He stated that the government signed a contract with Infotalent and that all “transactions were subject to international law.”
A retired police officer who was in charge of communication told the court that he retired in 2002 before the controversial contract was signed and “thus had no knowledge” of any scam attached to it.
“When I retired there was a proposal to digitise the police communication systems but I left before the contract was signed,” the witness said.
In the case, former finance minister David Mwiraria, two former Permanent Secretaries and businessmen Deepak and Rashmi Kamani have been charged with a conspiracy to defraud the government.
They have denied alleged fraud concerning the multi-billion shilling worth Anglo Leasing contract which the government later cancelled without notice.
The businessmen are accused of fraudulent acquisition of public property in connection with alleged payments made to the foreign firm, Infotalent Limited.