Murray did not get permission to run business: LCC


THE Chairman of the Leadership Code Commission Solomon Kalu told court yesterday that the former Permanent Secretary Henry Murray had not sought permission to run businesses.

In his evidence in chief Mr Kalu said in 2016 he sent out emails attaching documents to all permanent secretaries and leaders of all government ministries to complete if they own a business.

“It is a requirement stated well in the Act and regulation of the Leadership Code Commission that leaders must comply,” Kalu told the court.

“However in the case of the accused he never sought permission to run business and also never seeks permission to get a contract from the government involving his private business.”

During the cross examination, defence showed the witness a copy of the LCC declaration document as to whether or not he received the document.

However witness Kalu said he did not receive the copy of the declaration as the document did not contain the received stamp on it.

Yesterday the Chairman of the Leadership Code Commission and the Chairman of the Public Service Commission were the witnesses who testified in court.

The two witnesses were explaining the procedures and processes in place guiding Government leaders and what is expected of them.

The Murrays were charged in relation to an allegation relate to a series of offences alleged between 2014 to 2017 in relation to multiple payments of motor vehicle hire charges to a company that police alleged was registered to the PS and his wife.

The value of those payments is estimated to the excess of 1.1 million dollars and as a result of that they both face a range of serious charges.

Prosecution alleged that those payments were allegedly made through cheques and electronic funds transfers, were deposited into their ANZ account in the name of Krash Transport and Marketing.

Leslie Kwaiga from L & L law firm represents the couple while Florence Joel from the Office of the Director Public Prosecution appears for the crown.

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