Tunoi probe adjourned to May as businessman denies involvement

Justice Tunoi has refuted the bribery allegations levelled against him. [Photo/Courtesy]

City businessman Mike Njeru has dismissed claims by journalist Geoffrey Kiplagat, that he (Njeru) approached him to link Governor Evans Kidero to suspended Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi.

Njeru says despite him being a long time friend of Kiplagat, he has never requested him to link Kidero to Tunoi as claimed in Kiplagat’s affidavit, where he alleges that Tunoi received a bribe of 200 million shillings from the Governor to rule in his favour in an election petition filed by Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu.

Speaking while appearing before the Sharad Rao-led tribunal which is investigating the bribery claims facing Tunoi, Njeru said he was shocked after he received an email from Kiplagat, demanding a cut of 30 million shillings from the alleged bribe given to Tunoi.

The tribunal sittings have been adjourned until May 17th, when Njeru is expected to produce evidence of the threatening email he allegedly received from Kiplagat.

On Wednesday, the tribunal investigating Tunoi visited Petro filling station on Waiyaki Way where he is alleged to have received the bribe from Kidero.

The tribunal visited the petrol station after its legal advisor Paul Nyamodi, together with Tunoi’s lead counsel Fred Ngatia, said there was need to visit the scene to help them gauge the veracity of claims made by Tunoi’s accuser, Geoffrey Kiplagat.

In his affidavit, Kiplagat claims that he saw Justice Tunoi receive a briefcase stashed with US dollars currency amounting to 200 million shillings from Governor Kidero before the two waved at each other.

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