Kenya: A member of Parliament Clement Waibara is facing charges of conspiring to kill Bernard Chege Mburu
Posted by African Press International on December 29, 2012
- By Kimemia Wangui
Former Gatundu North MP Patrick Muiruri bribed Clement Waibara’s brother (Current Mp) with KSh20,000 to sign a police statement during a feast he hosted near Mwea Police Post in Mang’u, a Nyeri court heard.
Gerald Mbote appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate Joanne Wambliyanga as a fourth witness.
His brother Clement Waibara is faced with charges of conspiring to kill Bernard Chege Mburu on diverse dates between April 1, 2010, and March 31, 2011 which he readily denied.
Mbote informed the court that on April 6th 2011 he was called by Bernard Chege Mburu and invited in a meeting hosted by former MP.
“In the meeting we were four; Patrick Muiruri, Bernard Chege, Said Mbaruk-police officer and I,” Mbote told te court.
It was during the meeting Muiruri and Chege insisted Mbote should sign a document which he (Mbote) was not aware of the content.
- They claimed they were in a hurry and told me to sign very fast be ause they wanted to leave for Thika to meet another person, Gabriel Kiambuthi, – Mbote continued.
He stated that he was offered KSh20,000 equally to the rest but Mbaruk received huge amount than them. ‘He was reimbursed transport fee from Karatina’.
“I could not decline the offer since I had been dismissed from my job and I was in harsh financial condition but later I came to know it was a police statement which they had composed for me,” Mbote stated.
Mbote narrated of the incident after he was taken to task by prosecutor Bernard Wamalwa after disowning the police statement during the proceedings.
Former Karatina OCS Kennedy Rucho also appeared in court to give his part of evidence concerning the case.
According to Rucho. Mr Waibara allegedly wanted a man who had petitioned his election killed and his body dumped into Tana River.
Former MP’s body guard John Kabencha had consulted Rucho seeking to be released from his duties of guarding the MP.
Rucho further informed the court that there were two men unknown to Kabencha armed with revolvers who used to accompany the MP in his car.
The case was set to continue in January the 3rd 2013 when the prosecution is expected to bring two more witnesses.
Waibara’s counsel Evans Odieki had objected the adjournment of the case on argument that the remaining two witnesses were present in court. He also accused the prosecutor of coaching the witnesses.