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Mwau wants his name cleared from list of drug barons

05 March 2014, 08:13 Millicent Kawii

Nairobi - A former assistant minister wants the court to clear his name over drug trafficking claims made by a report sponsored by the British and American Governments.

Harun Mwau Tuesday compelled the Judge to clear his tainted name adversely mentioned in a report by Peter Gastrow and the Africa Centre for Governance, AFRICOG.

Mwau alleges that Gastrow’s book ‘Termites at Work’, claims that he is involved in drug trafficking and other criminal activities.

According to him, AFRICOG has continued to promote, distribute and display the works ‘Termites at Work’ portraying him as a criminal locally and internationally. 

He contends that the book alleges that approximately 1.14 tonnes of cocaine were seized at PEPE container Depot in 2004 which is owned by the former legislator. 

The former lawmaker said that depicting him as a drug trafficker and a criminal is torturous inhumane and a degrading treatment.

He argues that  the allegations made by Gastrow and AFRICOG were untruthful and misleading and that they have lowered his dignity and respect in the society.

“Surprisingly it has come to my attention that the offence was investigated by various local and international bodies such the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the British High Commission and the United States of America,” Mwau said.

He is therefore seeking that the report by Gastrow avails all the names and data of the people interviewed and a declaration made that he is not a drug trafficker.

On the other hand, Mbugua Mureithi representing Gastrow said that the freedom of international research is protected and  that the former Kilome MP has never challenged the credibility of the source of the information.

“There was no particular reason to single out Mwau, there was no reason to finish him politically, he has a right to have information corrected, he did not seek the correction of that information he alleges discredited him,” Mureithi said.

Nderitu Macharia representing AFRICOG said that on February 17 2011 the said report was discussed in parliament where Mwau was a member.

Mwau’s Lawyer Nchogu Omwanza said that any academic work requires a higher standard of credibility.
Justice Mumbi Ngugi will make a ruling on the matter on May 9 2014.

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