CBK Governor Ndung'u fails to postpone corruption case
23 June 2014, 18:05
Nairobi - Central
Bank Governor Prof Njuguna Ndungu’s case challenging his prosecution will
proceed without further delays on Monday next week, a judge said.
Court judge George Odunga said that the hearing of the case will proceed as
required following the CBK boss’s lawyer Donald Kipkorir requesting a further
hearing date saying he will be out of the country for further studies.
his pleas, the judge instead asked the CBK boss to reorganize himself with his
lawyer and directed that the case hearing to go on June 30, 2014.
159 of the constitution dictates that matters should be heard and finalized
without delays, taking into account fairness and when a matter has conservatory
orders it oughts’ to be disposed of as soon as possible, I order the hearing of
this case to be on July 30,” said Justice Odunga.
Ndungu seeks to stop his arrest and being charged over the alleged irregular
award of Sh 1.2 billion tender to Horsebridge Networks Systems (E.A) Ltd, for the
installation of a security management system at CBK headquarters and its
has sued the anti-grafts body, the Director of Public Prosecution, the
Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General.
obtained orders barring his imminent prosecution in February after filing this
case and later another one in which he wanted a media house be compelled to
produce its communication with the grafts body and Chief Justice Willy Mutunga
which resulted to the publication of a report concerning his initial case.
Justice Odunga dismissed that case and told him that he should have called that
media house to prove that they indeed published the alleged contemptuous
judge told lawyer Kipkorir that the he knows the weight of the case and the
necessity to finalize on it.
Ndungu’s lawyer should reorganize his schedule so as to allow adequate hearing
of this case as soon as possible; we also need to expedite this matter since Mr
Kipkorir is aware of the weight of this case,” said Justice Odunga.
and Anti-Corruption Commission’s Ben Murei had earlier asked the judge not to
give in to scheduling the hearing of the case on a later date as requested by
Murei together with the Director of Public prosecution wanted the hearing date
to be fixed within two weeks.
EACC and the DPP also demanded that if the hearing date is pushed on further
then the orders barring Prof Ndungu’s arrest should be lifted.
to EACC, Prof Ndungu flouted procurement procedures in relation to the
delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of the modern security system
established that Prof Ndungu, the accounting officer at CBK willfully failed to
comply with the law and attempted to confer a benefit from Horsebridge by
directing that the contact be given to the said bidder notwithstanding the
termination,” said Mr Alex Kinyanjui an EACC investigator.
report detailing the investigations was forwarded to Mr Keriako Tobiko who upon
evaluating the report agreed that Prof Ndungu be charged on charges directed by
Mr Kipkorir claims that his arrest is high handed and unreasonable.
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