Central Bank of Kenya Governor Professor Njuguna Ndung’u Lawyer Donald Kipkorir outside Milimani Law Court after obtaining orders stopping his client arrest.
By SAM ALFAN
Nairobi High Court has barred police from arresting Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Governor Professor Njuguna Ndung’u for alleged corruption.
Justice David Majanja said the order will remain in force until a constitutional application filed by the governor challenging the charges is heard and determined.
Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) have also been blocked from arresting and prosecuting.
Prof. Ndung’u through lawyer Donald Kipkorir filed the suit on Wednesday after DPP Keriako Tobiko wrote to the EACC Okaying the charges.
“The allegations made against the petitioner are without any legal or factual foundation. The decision to arrest him therefore is capricious and unreasonable.”Ndungu argues.
The alleged abuse of office charge is in connection with a Sh1.2 billion security systems tender awarded to Horsebridge Networks and which the office of the DPP says cost the tax-payer an extra Sh400 million as it was not the lowest bid.
However, EACC through investigator Alex Kinyanjui defended the charges saying they received intelligence report that CBK had irregularly awarded a tender for installation of an integrated security system worth Sh1.2 billion.
Kinyanjui said investigation established the Governor as the accounting officer failed to comply with the law relating to procurement procedure in relation to delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of the system for CBK.
Upon conclusion of the investigation, EACC prepared and forwarded to the office of the DPP who upon evaluating agreed Ndung’u be charged.