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Raila: Give Kidero fair hearing on bribery claims

ODM leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday said Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero deserves a fair hearing over the bribery allegations facing him even as Deputy President William Ruto rallied Jubilee supporters to vote him out of office.

Dr Kidero is alleged to have given Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi a Sh200 million bribe to rule an election petition in his favour in 2014.

Mr Odinga’s spokesman, Mr Dennis Onyango said: “Raila recognises that Chief Justice Willy Mutunga acted swiftly and initiated a legal process. Any other position on this matter will serve no purpose.”

THREATEN CAREERS

The bribery claims threaten the careers of Justice Tunoi and Dr Kidero, who is a senior member of ODM.

Mr Odinga was referring to investigations by the Judicial Service Commission into the bribery allegations.

A special committee picked to investigate the matter has submitted its report, recommending the establishment of a tribunal to further look into the claims.

Last Friday, Chief Justice Mutunga said the Judicial Service Commission was satisfied that there was “inappropriate interaction and communication” between Justice Tunoi and an agent of a litigant in a matter pending before the Supreme Court.

RECLAIM SEAT

Mr Ruto, on the other hand, called on Jubilee supporters to reclaim the Nairobi Governor’s seat from ODM.

Speaking at the Presbyterian Church of East Africa church in Dandora on Sunday, Mr Ruto urged Jubilee supporters to vote out Dr Kidero.

Mr Ruto was accompanied by the petitioner in the election petition, who is the current Kabete MP, Mr Ferdinand Waititu.