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Murungaru: No dubious evidence

29 November 2013, 08:16 Millicent Kawii

Nairobi - Former Internal Security Minister Christopher Murungaru yesterday declined to be cross- examined using transcripts from a recorded ‘secret’ tape which allegedly depicts him as corrupt and shows his link to the mega multimillion Anglo Leasing scam.

His lawyer Kioko Kilukumi asked the court to allow Murungaru to be cross examined after the recordings are heard and another transcript made in the presence of an independent Kikuyu translator with a certificate of faithful translation.

While citing pages of the 37 paged nine transcript documents, Kilukumi said it has words in Kikuyu and that information supplied seemed to have been provided by someone not faithful.

Kilukumi said his client  had been given the ‘secret’ tape recording transcripts  by the former Ethics and Governance Permanent Secretary John Githongo’s lawyer Andrew Wandabwa on Wednesday at 4.30p.m, a day before the cross examination.

“It can’t be for Githongo to translate contested words, taking instructions that we serve everything in court, we have no objection but where questions relate to the tape recordings, we must first listen to those tape recordings and we are asking that no question in this session be directed to the plaintiff on the purported tape recorded conversations until we have heard those tapes in the presence of a translator, I am requesting that you order or direct both parties to listen, agree and come up with a new transcript before court,” said Kilukumi.

Githongo through his lawyer conceded to the request and apologized for the belated supplements of the ‘secret’ tape recording transcript documents but stated that they were first served in 2006.

High Court judge David Onyancha agreed to the request and allowed cross examination to continue in which Murungaru criticized the former PS’s letter of appointment and claimed that Githongo collaborated with the media in a continuous process of defaming him through various publications.

Judge Onyancha directed that both parties to get exact copies of a newspaper which they all seemed to have disagreed on the date of copies presented as evidence in the suit which Murungaru claims to have been defamed by Githongo.

Justice Onyancha adjourned the trial to March next year.

The scandal is alleged to have started when the NARC government which had many promises of ending corruption but ended up inheriting corrupt deals from KANU Government, wanted to replace passport printing system.

Some civil servants and cabinet ministers were said to have been the biggest beneficiaries.

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