FORMER CABINET MINISTER DR CHRIS MURUNGARU CASE ADJOURNED TO MARCH NEXT YEAR

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By SAM ALFAN

The hearing of the case where the powerful former cabinet minister Chris Murungaru sued the former anti-corruption permanent secretary John Githongo for defamation has been adjourned to next year in March.

Earlier today during the cross-examination, Murungaru told the court that he had an issue with Githongo’s letter of appointment since it was ambiguous and that he was not sure whether the very letter was drawn by the former head of public service Francis Muthaura.

He claimed that John Githongo was not an investigating officer but an advisor to the then president Mwai Kibaki on matters to do with corruption adding that the former PS went beyond his mandate by trying to investigate him in the alleged Anglo-leasing security projects scandal where the Government lost 7 billion shillings.

A week ago Murungaru objected to the contents of the report by the Parliamentary Accounts Committee which made its findings that the former minister for Justice and Constitutional affairs and the current Meru county Senator Dr Kiraitu Murungi acted to cover Murungaru’s tracks in the Anglo-leasing scam.

On the third straight day and the former cabinet minister Murungaru was in court to narrate what he knew about the infamous Anglo-leasing procurement projects where the Government is said to have lost billions of shillings in ghost projects.

Dr Murungaru was put on task to state whether he had evidence showing that the Githongo Dossier triggered a serialization of corruption stories which resulted into his name being dragged into media house. But when he was asked whether he found it strange that after the revelations into the Anglo-leasing scandal came into public the monies which were paid by the Kenyan Government were wired back to the country,   Murungaru agreed that it was indeed strange.

The former Kieni legislator informed the court that he never interfered with the investigations into the Anglo-leasing scam.

Githongo in his Dossier alleged that Dr Murungaru and other cabinet ministers in Kibaki administration were opposed to the arrest of lawyer Fred Ojiambo because they knew that he would have spilled the beans on the Anglo-leasing scandal.Githongo’s lawyer insisted that prior to the release of the “Githongo Dossier” several civil servants were already charged in court in relation to the Anglo-leasing scandal.

Murungaru on last time he told the court that the infamous Githongo Dossier injured his personal career as well as attracted travel ban slap on him by the United States and the United Kingdom Governments respectively. Murungaru added that even after he lodged complaints to the Royal Courts of Justice in the UK, he was shown newspaper cuttings from the Gothongo report as evidence that he was corrupt and therefore unwanted on the British land.

He went further to inform the court that he was dropped from the Kibaki Administration as a minister for transport when then then President Mwai Kibaki reshuffled his cabinet.

Githongo Dossier continued to hang on his neck with its net effect being political implications which saw him lose his Kieni-Constituency parliamentary seat in 2007 to a new comer as well as his bid to run for the Nyeri County gubernatorial seat where he lost to current Nyeri county governor Nderitu Gachagua.

 “I made a lot of enemies than friends during his reign as a minister especially after signing a 2003 gazette Notice lifting the colonial ban of the Mau Mau movement which raffled feathers especially the British elements”Murungaru told the court

The vet nary doctor avers that the report which was serialized in the local and international media affected his relations with his family, friends, colleagues and business Associates.

The matter will continue on 28 when the former anti-graft czar boss will take the stand to defend his alleged allegation on his popularly known Githongo Dossier which incriminated several ministers in the Kibaki regime which lead to some pushed to resign to be investigated and later and they later made it back to cabinet after they were cleared .

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