A tribunal investigating the judge heard how Tunoi’s accuser used to receive money from the businessman he claimed was involved in the bribery plot. Nairobi businessman Mike Njeru denied allegations by Geoffrey Kiplagat that he approached him to contact the judge to help Governor Evans Kidero in an election petition at the Supreme Court.
Mr Njeru said he had never met Tunoi before and only saw him for the first time on Wednesday at the Sharad Rao-led tribunal that is investigating claims by Kiplagat that Tunoi received a Sh200 million bribe from Kidero. He recounted how he gave handouts to Kiplagat, a former journalist, as a good friend. He said the money he gave Kiplagat ranged from Sh2,000 to Sh20,000 for him to buy food for his children and pay rent, even as he tried to portray him as an ungrateful individual.
He narrated to the tribunal sitting at Anniversary Towers in Nairobi that he heavily financed Kiplagat’s political campaign after he unsuccessfully vied for the Keiyo South parliamentary seat on an ODM ticket in 2013. Njeru was questioned by Senior Counsel Fred Ngatia.