The Anglo-Leasing trial was treated to a rarity of sorts when former Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura under oath absolved the late finance minister David Mwiraria from any wrongdoing in the case.
Mwiraria was charged alongside three other state officials and three businessmen with conspiring to defraud the government in the procurement of advanced police equipment from foreign firms in regard to the controversial Anglo-leasing contracts.
Muthaura said Mwiraria “was innocent.”
He said he attended his funeral and heard many senior leaders among them the former President Mwai Kibaki and former PM Raila Odinga say the departed former minister was innocent.
Muthaura was being cross-examined by SC Ahmednassir Abdullahi who asked him to confirm if he attended the funeral.
The witness said he was present and concurred that “Mwiraria gave good service to Kenya” during his tenure and was innocent.
“That was my opinion also…” Muthaura said.
Procedures for procurement
Muthaura further denied the prosecution’s case by testifying that he as Head of Public service and an overseer at the Office of the President, he checked whether all procedures of procurement were followed and that all necessary approvals were in place and found that everything was above board.
He went on to say that the legal opinion of the AG was sought and he approved the contract in question.
Muthaura further testified that former Ethics and Governance PS John Githongo was a mere advisor to the state and not an investigator.
He said Githongo had no role of supervising other PSs but his sole role was advisory.
The prosecution has since withdrawn eight witnesses and expects former AG Amos Wako and ex-CBK official Jacinta Mwatela to testify.
The hearing continues on July 5 2017.