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Githongo ordered to pay ex-minister Murungaru Sh27mn for defamation

Githongo has vowed to appeal the judgement, citing his frustrations over the case which has dragged for more than 13 years/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 2 – The High Court has directed anti-graft crusader John Githongo to pay former powerful Internal Security Minister Chris Murungaru a whopping Sh27 million for defamation.

Justice Joseph Sergon ruled that Githongo made accusations against the former minister without evidence, which amounted to defamation.

The case was anchored on the Anglo-Leasing scandal that saw billions of shillings from public coffers lost in dubious security printing contracts during former President Mwai Kibaki’s regime.

At the hearing stage, Githongo told the court that he was not aware whether Murungaru was charged or investigated by the defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission over the Anglo-Leasing scandal.

Githongo has vowed to appeal the judgement, citing his frustrations over the case which has dragged for more than 13 years.

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