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Controversy reigns over secret Anglo-Leasing tapes

24 March 2014, 22:04 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The transcription process of the secret tapes that allegedly link former Internal Security minister Christopher Murungaru to the Anglo leasing Scandal has stalled, a court heard yesterday.

The former minister’s lawyer Mr Kioko Kilukumi said that the process had hindered by improper representation from former Governance Permanent Secretary John Githongo’s lawyer Andrew Wandabwa.

He accused Mr Wandabwa from sending unqualified lawyers to represent him in the listening and transcribing parts of conversations of the secret tapes that expose an alleged attempt to interfere with investigations in the Anglo leasing scandal.

“Representation has become a problem, transcription has stalled since the lawyers being sent to attend the transcription are unqualified to practice,” said Mr Kilukumi.

He also blamed his colleague for sending lawyers not from his firm contrary to appointment made at the start on who to conduct the case in which Dr Murungaru has accused Mr Githongo of defaming him through his dossier on Anglo-leasing.

However, Mr Wandabwa strongly objected to the fresh accusations laid and defended his firm saying that the lawyers sent to the listening and transcribing process are highly qualified.

He also requested court to have the case hearing to continue after two days and the matter would have been settled.

“Mr Kilukumi is raising and insisting on conditions that are not proper, whoever we sent there are qualified lawyers, let us have a hearing in two days so that this issue can be sorted out once and for all,” said Wandabwa.

High Court judge David Onyancha allowed the request and directed that the case be mentioned on March 27.

Last week, the hearing of the nine yearlong case was post poned to allow for more time for listening to the secret tapes following a request by Mr Kilukumi that the exercise of listening to the lengthy audio tapes as ordered by court had started but was not yet complete as the parties only needed a little more time.

On March 5, Justice Onyancha ordered both the former minister and former PS to ensure a transcript is made and is presented in court after listening to the contents of the alleged four secret audio tapes in the presence of their lawyers and a Kikuyu and English translator.

According to court documents, Ms Lydia Muchemi is the one facilitating translation in both Kikuyu and English languages as per the order authorizing and instruction the listening and transcribing process.

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