Kirinyaga Governor Joseph Ndathi at Milimani law court testifying during the trial of former Ps Thuita Mwangi former Deputy Director of Administration Anthony Muchiri and former Charge D’Affairs at the Kenyan embassy in Tokyo Allan Mburu who are charged with failing to comply with the law and procedures relating to procurement of real estate property by directly purchasing the Tokyo.
BY SAM ALFAN..
Kirinyaga Governor Joseph Ndati has alleged that some of the documents related to acquisition of the Tokyo Embassy were presented to the Ministerial Tender Committee(MTC) in summary denying the committee crucial information.
Ndathi the then director of administration informed Senior Principal Magistrate Doreen Mulekyo of the Anti-Corruption Court that it is when he was summoned to record a statement with the defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission that the MTC was not supplied with all the documents from Tokyo despite the committee having approved the purchase of the property.
“The entry point for all documents and correspondences meant for the MTC was the principal procurement officer who doubled as the secretary but it came to my attention for the first time when I was summoned by KACC that the property was advertised in Tokyo yet by the time we wound up deliberations of MTC this information was not available to us,” Ndathi said.
Former Ps Thuita Mwangi former Deputy Director of Administration Anthony Muchiri and former Charge D’Affairs at the Kenyan embassy in Tokyo Allan Mburu are charged with failing to comply with the law and procedures relating to procurement of real estate property by directly purchasing the Tokyo property.
The governor who recorded his statement with KACC on November 17, 2010 said his committee was not shown certain documents and correspondences sent to the ministry by Tokyo-based lawyers and valuers who were contracted to assess the property.
Ndathi who was being cross-examined by Mburu’s lawyer Kioko Kilukumi, sought to defend himself against accusations by the lawyer that he gave misleading information and documents to KACC.
He said KACC investigators traced some of the documents from the Tokyo Mission which the MTC was not aware of prior to the purchase of the premises for the embassy and ambassador’s residence.
Asked if Mwangi, Muchiri and Mburu were responsible for suppressing information from the MTC over the purchase, the governor said some of the letters from the Tokyo embassy were directly addressed to his deputy while others took time before they were tabled before the MTC.
He cited a letter dated January 20, 2009 drafted by Mburu and forwarded to the ministry from Tokyo embassy and copied to his deputy but was never tabled before the MTC.
“The said letter was never filed and its contents were never revealed to the committee until I saw it for the first time at KACC offices,” he said.
He disowned valuation report tabled in court as not the true copy of what was tabled before the MTC by Coral Corporation the firm contracted to evaluate the property in Tokyo on February 12, 2009.
“Given time I will be able to prove to this court that the actual report tabled before the MTC was only signed by three ministry officials who visited Tokyo Mission contrary to what has been presented,” he said.
Hearing continues on Tuesday next week when Mburu’s defence team is further expected to cross-examine the governor.