CORD co-principal, Raila Odinga now wants President Uhuru Kenyatta to appear in court as a key defence witness for him over the former Cabinet Secretary, Anne Waiguru’s lawsuit.
Waiguru took Raila to court on Tuesday, September 29 over claims of defamation where she said that the CORD leader had taken pleasure in tainting her name the country over, by linking her to the National Youth Service (NYS) graft involving KSh 791Million.
Raila in response to the lawsuit and the accusations thereof said that he was ready to appear in court whenever as he had substantial evidence linking the former CS to the NYS razzmatazz.
In documents that The-star was privy to, the CORD leader said that he intended to call Uhuru as his key witness whose testimony would be crucial in determining the real issues- he also denied the claims that he defamed Waiguru.
Raila told the court that Uhuru had failed to give Kenyans a reasonable justification for giving the former CS preferential treatment compared to the other key participants who were required to step aside over corruption allegations.
Waiguru resigned on her own accord on November 1, 2015, citing poor health as the main reason for her decision.
Raila has erstwhile, made claims that Waiguru’s inability to establish proper oversight mechanisms was why the NYS ended up losing the millions.
Waiguru in her lawsuit said that the CORD leader had dragged her name in the murk, damaging her character and therefore needed a public apology from him.
While Raila’s request is within the constitution, a Kenyan head of state standing in court as a witness is unheard of and it is unlikely that Uhuru would-would agree to such a request.
Uhuru’s failure to appear in court would inadvertently affect the case in the essence that a ‘key’ witnesses account was missing.