Former Internal security minister Christopher Murungaru, former primer minister Raila Odinga and former Ethics and Governance PS John Githongo in a court room at Milimani law courts.
BY SAM ALFAN.
Former power cabinet minister Christopher Murungaru on Wednesdays strongly protested additional defense witnesses set to testify in his defamation suit against John Githongo.
Through his lawyers Kioko Kilukumi and Esmail Abas, he told High Court Judge David Onyancha that he needed to have been notified earlier of the former Ethics and Governance Permanent Secretary’s intend to bring more witnesses.
As the lawyer were protesting the additional witness Coalition of Reform and Democracy leader Raila Odinga made unexpected visit inside the court to attend the on going proceedings in a defamation suit filed by the Former powerful Internal Security minister Chris Murungaru against the Former Ethics and Governance PS John Githongo.
.Raila arrived at around 11am and went directly to Justice David Onyancha court where the hearing of the matter has been going on to show solidarity to former PS.
“We ought to have been given details earlier, we cannot be presumptuous, we only know of one witness and we will agree to new witnesses only with a good reason,” said Mr Githongo.
However Mr Andrew Wandabwa, for Mr Githongo insisted that proceedings
in the case had necessitated the need to bring along more other witnesses.
Dr Murungaru had four other witnesses who appeared before Mr Justice Onyancha on Tuesday and yesterday they included a former Nyeri politician Mr Eliud Njua Njuma, his Chief Campaigner Ms Gladys Wanjiku who turned the court full of laughter during the cross examination.
Other who testified yesterday includes Anglican clergy Rev Bildad Wang’ondu Maina and a farmer from the former minister’s backyard, Mr Nicholas Warui.
Mr Njuma had alleged in his testimony that as a result of the dossier, people started accusing him of supporting a ‘thief while referring to Dr Murungaru’.who lost his Kieni sit.
Anglican clergy told the court that he all along knew Dr
Murungaru as a credible and honest man until the release of the Anglo
leasing dossier by Mr Githongo which according to him ruined Dr Murungaru reputation in his former backyard.
The farmer and a primary school leaver testified that he also read part of the dossier from the internet as well as newspapers although he did not know who put it up or blew the matter up.
Following their testimony, Mr Githongo is set to bring his witnesses for his defense in the suit in which the former minister blames him of defaming him while relating to his role in Anglo leasing.
Addressing court reporters outside the court he said that he just came to listen to the ongoing case since it happened during his tenure as the prime minister and in charge of cabinet.
“I came hear today to listen to this case because it was a big scandal full of corruption that happened when I was in charge of cabinet and we need to fight this cancer called corruption to end it” said Raila.
The matter will proceed next year