Tunoi: Sh200m bribe claim is ‘a fiction, a thriller’
Suspended Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi has described allegations that he received a bribe of Sh200 million as “a fiction, a thriller and irritating thing” which did not take place.
Justice Tunoi made the assertion during cross examination of witness Geoffrey Kiplagat who filed an affidavit claiming that the judge received the bribe from Governor Evans Kidero to rule in his favour during an election petition.
The judge, through his lawyer Fred Ngatia, denied having held meetings meant to facilitate the bribe.
Lawyer Ngatia, who was continuing with the examination – the session first one having been held in camera – sought to corner the witness and tear into his affidavit, which he described as a work of fiction.
Mr Kiplagat, a journalist, confirmed that the judge failed to turn up for various meetings, which he (Kiplagat) had arranged between Justice Tunoi and Kidero’s point men.
He, however, said he met the Judge in his chambers in Nairobi adding that the judge asked for the Sh200 million bribe to give governor Kidero a favorable hearing in his petition filed by Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu.
The witness also confirmed that he recorded the affidavit in 2014 before it came to light last year.