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Vol 47 No 3

Published 3rd February 2006


Kenya

The anti-corruption czar, the businessman and his lawyer

Why did the lawyers of Cyprus-based businessman Anura Perera try to arrange a private meeting with anti-corruption czar John Githongo in a London hotel in late 2004? This question is part of the tortuous claim and counter claim in an ongoing case in the Nairobi High Court concerning a commercial loan made to Githongo's father, Joseph Muiruri Githongo. Perera insists he is the provider of funds for the loan and informed Joseph Githongo of this when it was contracted in 1995. Joseph Githongo disputes this and the legitimacy of the loan claim which, with accumulated interest running at 337,000 Kenya shillings a month, is now over KShs80 million (US$1.1 mn.). The next hearing is due on 13 February.

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