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Ojienda’s former colleague Peter Wanyama to testify against him

From: The Star (Kenya)

Advocate Peter Wanyama, a former partner of senior counsel Tom Ojienda will be testifying against him in the Sh200 million Mumias Sugar corruption case.

DPP Noordin Haji on Thursday confirmed that Wanyama will be a prosecution witness in the case whose investigations were halted until February 18.

The DPP further denied claims that the lawyer was arrested together with Ojienda on December 28.

“ODPP wishes to confirm that Peter Wanyama, Advocate, will be prosecution witness after analyzing his statements and will testify in the case against Prof Tom Ojienda,” the DPP said.

Read:Ojienda arrested, to spend weekend behind bars

Wanyama worked with Ojienda in the same law firm before resigning in January 2012.

“I clarified the issues the investigators wanted to know to their satisfaction and left DCI. I did so because as lawyers we too have a duty to assist investigators on matters that are lawfully seized of. We are not above the law,” the advocate said in a media statement.

Ojienda has been accused of falsely obtaining money from Mumias Sugar Company and failing to pay taxes amounting to Sh443.6 million.

Court of Appeal Judge James Otieno Odek, who also worked at the same law firm as Ojienda and Wanyama is expected to testify as a Prosecution witness.

Ojienda was released from police custody on Sunday and was to be arraigned on Monday only for the High Court to block his prosecution.

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