Kidero faces panel probing Judge Tunoi Sh202m bribe claim

By Claire Wanja/Franco Kundu

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero Tuesday morning appeared before a special committee of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) probing Supreme Court judge Philip Tunoi on allegations that he received a Sh200 million bribe to deliver a favourable judgement in the election petition by Ferdinand Waititu, now Kabete MP.

Speaking after the probe, Kidero said he will sue Mr Geoffrey Kiplagat, who swore an affidavit that he acted as a conduit between Justice Phillip Tunoi and the Governor, and lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi.

The Governor claimed the lawyer wanted to extort him of Sh25 million after he turned down his representation in the Tunoi case. He told the special committee that the lawyer, “unhappy” with his decision, went on to represent Waititu.

He reiterated that he has never met journalist Geoffrey Kiplagat who raised a complaint on the alleged bribery in a sworn affidavit.

Also appearing before the committee is lawyer Katwa Kigen, who has also been mentioned in Mr Kiplagat’s affidavit.

Lawyer Katwa Kigen denied ever communicating with the journalist saying “I have his phone number and he has mine but we have never talked”.

On Monday, Justice Tunoi appeared before the committee where he defended himself against the bribery allegations.

Justice Tunoi said the allegations against him were “fiction” and that they were made by “elements within the Judiciary” who did not wish to disclose their identities.

Meanwhile, Samburu County Governor Moses Lenolkulal has led other leaders in calling for sobriety as the 6-member special committee of the JSC digs deeper to the bribery allegations.

The leaders are warning against turning the matter into witch hunt, saying due process should be followed in establishing the authenticity of the alleged claims.

The Prof. Margaret Kobia led probe team on Supreme Court Judge Phillip Tunoi’s 200 million shillings bribery allegations is seeking to collect more evidence on the allegations after the embattled judge and his accuser Geoffrey Kiplagat gave their version yesterday.

The special committee has until tomorrow to complete its investigations.

In Kakamega, leader of majority in National Assembly Adan Duale came under attack for calling on Chief Justice Willy Mutunga to resign for reportedly heading a corrupt Judiciary.

Jubilee political activist Stanley Livondo and Centre for Multiparty Democracy Kenya Vice Chairperson Sande Oyolo in dismissing Duale noted that the Judiciary is an independent institution that should be accorded utmost respect that it deserves.

  

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