Supreme Court judge Justice Phillip Tunoi is a man under siege after a man blew the whistle on grand corruption involving him.
One Mr Geoffrey Kiplagat has signed an affidavit detailing how Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero bribed the judge $2 million (more than Sh200 million) to rule in his favour in the election petition brought forward by Ferdinand Waititu.
Mr. Kiplagat narrates how the exchange of the hard cash was done in the presence of both Kidero and Justice Tunoi. Apparently, negotiations and initial contact was done by proxies, but at the end both of them had to make an appearance to close the deal. With con men all around the city, Sh200 million is not an amount you can leave to chance.
The cars the two were allegedly in were parked in a parallel position – just like in the movies, and the judge said to Kidero, “Si umeona ni mimi mwenyewe.”
Here’s part of Kiplagat’s affidavit.
Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has ordered investigations be carried out. But the mere thought that this high level corruption still exists in Kenya is sickening. Whether the allegations are true or not, public confidence in the judiciary has been dealt a huge blow.
And come to think of it, since Kidero’s case was determined by a 5 judge bench (Philip Tunoi, Njoki Ndungu, Smokin Wanjala, Mohamed Ibrahim and Jackton Ojwang ), is there more bribery that has not come to light?
Was the Sh200 million, if it exists, supposed to be shared? Did more money exchange hands to guarantee a majority on the bench?
This was Mutunga’s statement yesterday.