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Former MP says case against him politically instigated

04 December 2013, 14:44 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Former Gatundu North MP, Clement Kung’u Waibara on Tuesday told a Nyeri court that a conspiracy to murder case leveled against him was politically instigated and was engineered by his political opponents.

Waibara is accused of conspiring to kill a political opponent who had filed an election petition against him in the 2007 general elections.

In his defence, Waibara told Nyeri senior resident magistrate, Joan Wabilyanga that the allegations were fueled by his political opponents who were out to damage his reputation.

He said at no time did he ever plan, conspire or contemplate killing his political rival who had filed a poll petition against his election.

Waibara allegedly hired hitmen to eliminate Bernard Chege Mburu after the latter allegedly reneged on an agreement to withdraw the election petition.

He is accused of having committed the offence on diverse dates between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011 in a Thika hotel.

Waibara rubbished further allegations that he held a meeting at Blue Post Hotel together with Gatuanyaga Ward Representative Cecilia Wamaitha where the plot was hatched.

He refuted claims by his former body guard, John  Kabencha who was claiming to have overheard Waibara, alongside others at the hotel, planning to eliminate Chege saying he does not know where the alleged offence was supposed to have been committed.

“I knew the complainant because he was a petitioner in an election petition and was the chief campaigner of the former Minister for Agriculture, Patrick Kariuki Muiruri,” Waibara said.

During a cross examination by his lawyer Polycarp Ongwae, the former MP said that he had filed an assault case against the complainant, Chege, in 2007 but later withdrew unconditionally because he had no grudge against him.

The prosecution, led by inspector Bernard Wamalwa, protested against the production of the case No.338 as exhibit saying it was not a certified copy from the Gatundu law court.

Wamalwa asked the court to reject the photocopies of the document produced in court until they are fully certified.

The case was adjourned to January 28, 2014.

The former Mp has however been calling for the case to be transferred to Thika where the offence was allegedly committed.

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