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    Kenya Times, Kenya
    July 1 2006

    Witness tells of Kalonzo, Arturs encounter

    MP met the two people by chance, Kiruki commission told


    A MEETING between former Cabinet minister Kalonzo Musyoka and the two
    deported Artur brothers was accidental, a commission inquiring into
    their presence and activities in the country was told yesterday.

    Rajendra Ratilal Sanghani commonly referred to as Raju Sanghani told
    the commission yesterday that the Arturs, together with a third
    person identified as Zakir Omar, met Musyoka by chance while on a
    visit to Serena Hotel sometimes in November 2005.

    Sanghani, the third witness to testify before the commission narrated
    how he came to know the two brothers claiming that he met them in
    Nairobi on November 10, 2005, after they had jetted in alongside
    Zakir to explore business opportunities.

    `We met many people among them Kalonzo to whom I introduced Zakir and
    his group. At that time when they realized that he was a former
    Minister of Foreign Affairs, they wanted to seek his opinion on some
    investments they wanted to make in other neighbouring countries and
    Congo. Since Hon Musyoka was busy at that time, he said he was going
    to be in Grand Regency Hotel that evening for a different meeting. He
    said he would spare them some moments there,' he said while
    exonerating Kalonzo on allegations of a planned meeting.

    He also said the photograph session between the group and Mwingi
    North MP was taken in good faith and he never thought the same could
    be used for political reasons.

    He told the commission that it was through Zakir that he came to know
    Arturs as investors and members of Royal Families back in Armenia.
    Zakir introduced Sargasyan and Margaryan as Mr Arthur and James
    respectively, Sanghani told the commission.

    Sanghani told the commission being headed by Shedrack Kiruki that he
    also introduced the two brothers to many of his friends as Arthur and

    He told the commission that he had met his old acquittance, Zakir,
    while on a trip in Mumbai, India, in May 2005 where they discussed
    business opportunities in Kenya.

    In his testimony, he said Zakir called later in October of the same
    year expressing interest to invest in Kenyan market and arrived in
    the country later in the same month accompanied by two other people
    who turned out to be the Arturs.

    While being guided by his lawyer, Mr Ladji, Sanghani told the
    commission that he had all along believed that the Arturs were
    genuine investors until March, this year, when their activities
    started coming under intense scrutiny by the media.

    He said the housing business alone would have seen him earn Sh300
    million in profit had the two brothers not been deported.

    He denied having invited the two brothers to the country but admitted
    to having sent his emissaries to receive them at Jomo Kenyatta
    International Airport on the day they arrived in the country.

    He also admitted to having booked them at Grand Regency Hotel on
    their first visit and later renting them the palatial house in
    upmarket Runda Estate when they returned last year to execute their

    Kalonzo was adversely mentioned by the two brothers during their
    controversial stay in the country.

    Alongside Langata MP Raila Odinga, Kalonzo was claimed to have
    visited the two with the aim of accessing funds to topple the

    The MPs denied the claims, saying the two were mercenaries hired by
    the State to taint their names.