Anglo Leasing debacle to be determined in parliament: High Court
07 May 2014, 19:16
Nairobi - The Anglo Leasing debacle will be decided to conclusion in parliament, the High Court has ruled.
In a ruling Wednesday, High Court judge Justice David Majanja said that the court had no jurisdiction to stop the government from making the proposed payments to two European companies since it will be overstepping parliament's role in decision making.
He thus directed that parliament probe the matter and decide the way forward for the country.
The ruling came in a case in which the Law Society of Kenya LSK had called for the government to desist from making a payment valued at KES 1.4 billion terming it a 'rubber-stamp' to corruption.
Attorney General Githu Muigai has said that the payment has to be made since the government has lost the cases against the companies and that it risks losing its assets if it is not completed. The revelation though has been criticized by several quarters.
" The petitioner has alleged corruption in the Anglo-Leasing payment which
this court takes seriously but which does not amount to interference
with Parliament’s duties. In any event, they have not annexed any
document to suggest the government will make the payments immediately, the ruling read.
LSK chair Eric Mutua had earlier vowed to defend Kenyan tax payers in the deal, saying that it was irresponsible for the government to pay out such large sums of money in deals that were deemed corrupt.
Parliament has been split over the matter with the opposition and sections of the Jubilee coalition against the payments with a meeting by the government to try lobby MPs to support the payment failing to take off.
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