Kenya: More drama unfolds in Mp’s conspiracy to kill case
Posted by African Press International on January 10, 2013
- By Kimemia Wangui
A witness from prosecution’s side has denied before a Nyeri court any knowledge about the case facing Gatundu North MP, Clement Waibara who is charged with conspiracy to murder.
A matatu driver, Benson Chege Mwaura who is the sixth witness in the case told the court that he was invited by the case complainant, Bernard Chege to sign some documents that were intended to bar Waibara from vying for MP seat in his constituency.
Mwaura who claimed he don’t know how to read in English or understand the language said he signed the document at Mwea Police station in Gatundu which later landed him in court as a witness on a case he was not conversant with.
He told the senior Principal Magistrate, Joan Wambilyinga that the complainant in the case was his former friend and he agreed to sign the documents in presence of former area MP, Patrick Muiruri which the prosecution is using as his statement adding he was given KSh. 5, 000 as fare reimbursement.
The prosecutor, Bernard Wamalwa asked the court to declare the witness as hostile claiming that Mwaura understands English and that he is the one who recorded his statement.
Another witness who is the case investigation officer, Deputy central Provincial Criminal Investigation officer (PCIO) Seif Baruk said he was the one who recorded all the witness statements, a task which he was given by central PCIO, Henry Ondiek.
Baruk’s testimony was cut short by Waibara’s counsel, Evans Ondieki who claimed that the witness should be investigated on claims that he was compromised with KSh. 100, 000 on the investigations of the case, claims that were refuted by the prosecutor who said Ondieki has no any tangible prove on his claims.
Ondieki also asked the court to prevent Baruk from presenting some statements as exhibits saying the prosecution had failed to give the defence copies of the same documents at the beginning of the case hearings.
The magistrate adjourned the case to January 10th 2013 when she will make ruling on the counsel’s claims.
The MP is charged that on diverse dates between April 1, 2010 and March 3, 2011, jointly with others not before court, he conspired to murder Bernard Chege Mburu, in Thika town.