BY NT CORRESPONDENT.
Former Kasarani MP John Njoroge, who solicited money from a contractor was arrested as he pocketed the sh100,000 treated notes.
The Sh100,000 was supposedly a bribe from a contractor so as to facilitate a Sh3.3 million payment from the CDF.
Abdirahman Mohamed, a contractor, told the anti-corruption court on Thursday that the ex-MP solicited the money from him so he could get paid for a CDF project.
In his testimony before trial magistrate Lawrence Mugambi at Milimani Law Courts, Mohammed was contracted to build a tuition block at Baba Dogo Secondary School.
The contractor further told the court that the MP solicited another Sh50,000 from him on grounds he was going to pay CDF managers to process the Sh3,342,716.77 cheque.
Abdirahman made the revelations when he was led through his testimony by senior state counsel Hellen Mutellah.
He told the court he reported the matter to EACC and was given treated Sh100,000 and a tape recorder for purposes of the transaction with the MP.
“On June 4, 2013 at around noon, I proceeded to the Continental House parking yard using my own car and called Chege so we could meet,” he said.
“A few minutes later, Chege came from his office and sat in the passenger’s seat. I gave him the envelop containing the treated money.
“I asked him to count and confirm whether it was the correct amount he had asked for. I alerted EACC officers who arrested him and recovered the cash from his pocket.”
Chege has denied the charge of corruptly soliciting Sh100,000 from Abdirahman as inducement to facilitate the payment for works at Baba Dogo Secondary School.
He is also accused of corruptly receiving Sh100,000 bribe from the complainant.
The High Court ordered a retrial after the ex-MP sought to have the matter closed.