Mu­run­garu had no rep­u­ta­tion to pro­tect - Githongo

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Judiciary -

For­mer anti-cor­rup­tion PS John Githongo yes­ter­day told the court a for­mer min­is­ter im­pli­cated in the An­glo Leas­ing scan­dal had no rep­u­ta­tion to pro­tect.

Githongo said in an open court that his ba­sis for say­ing for­mer min­is­ter Chris Mu­run­garu had no rep­u­ta­tion is dis­cus­sions he heard within po­lit­i­cal cir­cles. While de­fend­ing him­self against a defama­tion suit filed against him by Mu­run­garu, Githongo said the An­glo Leas­ing scan­dal was al­ready in the pub­lic do­main.

“I re­ject claims that Mu­run­garu had a rep­u­ta­tion to pro­tect both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally,” said Githongo who took to the wit­ness dock to de­fend him­self.

He quoted an ar­ti­cle by the Stan­dard news­pa­per on Oc­to­ber 10, 2005, about the scan­dal to which the for­mer min­is­ter was al­legedly linked.

Githongo also said as PS he was re­quired to look into past cor­rup­tion crimes, among many things, and delink the [Pres­i­dent Mwai] Kibaki govern­ment from it, given that it came to power on an anti-cor­rup­tion ticket.

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