Court Dismisses Raila’s Bid To Have Kirinyaga Governor’s Lifestyle Audited

by Mahakamani News
Anne Waiguru

NASA leader Raila Odinga has lost a bid for a lifestyle audit on Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru.

High Court judge Joseph Sergon on Tuesday dismissed the application saying it lacked merit.

The judge said though the former Devolution CS has not responded fully to the queries demanded by Raila, the explanation she gave was satisfactory.

The row between the former CS and Raila arose in 2015 after the latter linked Waiguru to the Sh1.8 billion NYS scandal.

She sued Raila on September 29, 2015, accusing him of recklessly tarnishing her name.

Then, the former Prime Minister released a dossier alleging how the state agency lost millions of shillings under the watch of the ex- CS .

Raila, claimed President Uhuru failed to include her name on the list of shame, which saw several senior government officials including CSs lose their jobs.

Immediately she filed the case, the Opposition leader asked for an audit of Waiguru’s lifestyle.

She responded to the queries but Raila was not satisfied.

Raila had sought among other issues her basic salary, allowances , a list of properties she owned – including houses and cars, and had also sought to find out how much they are worth.

The NASA leader thereafter filed another application accusing Waiguru of failing to respond to questions that would enable him defend the defamation suit.

The Kirinyaga Governor then accused Raila of fishing for evidence.

In the ruling, Justice Sergon said it cannot be said that Waiguru has outrightly refused to answer the queries.

“I am satisfied the plaintiff respondent to the interrogatories in accordance with the provisions of Section 22 (a) of the Civil Procedure Act and Order 11 Rules 3 Cap 2 of the civil procedure rules,” the Judge said.

He added that Waiguru had given reasons for not answering some of the demands, which she deemed unnecessary and irrelevant.

The Judge added that he was satisfied that Waiguru responded to the interrogatories in accordance with the law.

In the case ,the Governor wants Raila found liable as his assertions that she was aware of theft at the NYS meant she used her position to engage in corruption.

“He portrayed me as a woman of low moral standing, who is involved in unethical and professional misconduct,” she states in an affidavit.

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