Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi has raised a few eyebrows with his latest statement through his Twitter timeline. The lawyer, in a recent statement, disputed the original amount of money involved in Supreme Court bribery saga, claiming that the actual sum involved was Sh300 million and not Sh200 million as alleged earlier.
Abdullahi took to his Twitter timeline on Saturday evening to Kenyans that the money involved “is not $2million (Sh200m), but about $3m (Sh300m).”
He explained how the money was disbursed, noting that Sh200 million was for 4 judges while two were paid individually.
It is reported that a six-member committee of the Judicial Service Commission will on Monday begin probing Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi who is said to have received Sh200 million from Governor Kidero.
The alleged bribe was used to influence the results of the matter touching the Supreme Court election petition which was filed by Ferdinand Waititu against Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero in August 2014.
Both embattled Tunoi and Kidero whose election was challenged in 2014 have denied that the ruling was without any kind of bribery.
A former Kass FM journalist Geoffrey Kiplagat, however, claimed he facilitated the payment through an affidavit sworn by him.
Ordered for inquiry concerning the bribery matter, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has assured a painstaking investigations that will bring reliable result.
We are committed to running a clean judiciary and any matter that is brought before us is investigated and acted on fairly without prejudice to individual rights or public interest.
Meanwhile, the National Intelligence Service on January 28 firmly established that Judge Tunoi had conversations with his accuser Kiplagat.
NIS also confirmed that the two sent each other text messages using their numbers. A source familiar with the case told The Star in a statement:
It is true that those two were in communication at the times recorded in the affidavit.
The JSC special committee chaired by Prof Margaret Kobia will start out the investigation of the corruption allegations. Afterwards, it will piece together the evidence gathered against him, produce witnesses, and invite him to defend himself and finally prepare a report in seven days.
Other members of the special committee are the Attorney General, Prof Githu Muigai, Kipkorir Bett, Justice Aggrey Muchelule, Winnie Guchu, Chief Magistrate (Makadara) Emily Ominde, and, all of them commissioners of the JSC.
These claims, which have dented the reputation of the Kenyan judiciary, might net in the suspect’s close friends and allies.