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October 22, 2018

Sh6.8bn paid to Anglo-Leasing type companies never recovered – Githongo

Former anti-corruption boss John Githongo on the witness stand at Milimani Courts on June 20, 2017 during the hearing of a case on Anglo Leasing scandal. /ALPHONCE MUNG'AHU
Former anti-corruption boss John Githongo on the witness stand at Milimani Courts on June 20, 2017 during the hearing of a case on Anglo Leasing scandal. /ALPHONCE MUNG'AHU

Former PS John Githongo on Tuesday told a court that 59.6 million Euros (Sh6.8 billion) paid to one of the Anglo-Leasing type companies was never recovered.

He told Milimani senior principal magistrate Martha Mutuku that a foreign company known as Infortalent Limited refunded commitment fee and additional money amounting to 5.2 million Euros (Sh5.9 billion) which had been paid by the government in relation to police E-cops security contract in 2003 and 2004 financial year.

He was testifying in a case in which the late minister David Mwiraria, three former Permanent Secretaries and two businessmen have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the government through a contract to upgrade police equipment.

Mwiraria who died in April, was charged alongside former PSs Joseph Magari, Dave Mwang and David Onyonka, and businessmen Deepak and Rashmi Kamani.

"I made efforts to have the monies amounting to 5.2 million euros refunded in between May and August 2004 after l persuaded all the government officials who knew the directors of the said company," the witness said.

On Monday a request by the DPP to have witnesses in the Anglo-leasing case testify through video-link has been vehemently opposed with defence lawyers.

They said this can only happen under “special circumstances”, and the CJ must give permission through a gazette notice.

The three witnesses are expected to testify at the Kenya High Commission in London between July 24 and 26 July.

 

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