The Kenya Forum brings you the second installment (of four) of tales of murder, fraud, corruption, yet more corruption, sex in high places, sex in low places, of attempted “date rape” and death threats all leveled by one Marianne Briner-Mattern, the so-called ‘star witness’ in the Dr Robert Ouko murder investigations.
In the Part 1 the Kenya Forum brought together the evidence (which actually has been around for years for those that could be bothered to, or wanted to look for it) that proves Briner-Mattern’s allegations over the Ouko murder were farcical.
We proved too that the British Scotland Yard detective John Troon’s reliance on her testimony in his ‘Final Report’ based on his assessment that she was “honest” and her company “reliable” was about the worst judgment since Adam said to Eve, “Yes I’d love an apple, after all, what harm can it do?”
As most of this was known by 1991 and all of it by the time of the Parliamentary Select Committee’s investigation into the Ouko murder in 2004-05, it brings us back to the question of how could the ravings of a congenital liar and sociopath like Briner-Mattern could have been allowed to gain such currency in Kenya?
The Kenya Forum also asks, how is it that credence is still given to her mad diatribes? It’s not as if Briner-Mattern doesn’t have ‘form’: consider the following examples of just some of her many allegations over the years.
First on the list: Raila Odinga and Marianne Briner-Mattern.
BRINER-MATTERN: ‘SCUTTLED’ RAILA ODINGA’S PRESIDENTIAL BID?
In 2004 Briner-Mattern claimed that she had ’scuttled’ Raila Odinga’s plans to become Kenya’s third president with ‘just one phone call’ in 2002.
Briner-Mattern told the East African Standard that Odinga had made “a bad mistake” and that she would never forgive him. Her revenge, so she claimed, was to convince a ‘former Kenyan friend’ in KANU’S high command to treat Odinga with the ‘utmost suspicion’.
Briner-Mattern’s falling-out with Raila Odinga came about because he had not helped her get ‘huge sums’ in the way of compensation for her supposed involvement in the Kisumu Molasses Project. She revealed all in a letter to the lawyer Paul Muite, according to the East African Standard, in which she said a planned meeting with Odinga and others was called off because she wanted to bring along her son-in-law who she claimed was a member of the German Secret Service.
BRINER-MATTERN: ACCUSER ACCUSED
The story then takes an ironical turn for Briner-Mattern. According to her testimony, a Thomas Ojanga of the Nairobi branch of Deloitte and Touche, and part of the Odinga circle, accused Briner-Mattern of being responsible for the murder of Dr Robert Ouko (not the first or the last time she would be so accused).
Briner-Mattern alleged that Ojanga told her, “the Luo community including you (Raila) as their leader are even believing that I was directly involved in the killing of Dr Ouko”.
In a letter to Raila Odinga, Briner-Mattern, not a woman to be out-done when it came to threats, told him: “You may think that you are safe since you could create problems for me to come to Kenya personally to give evidence, but you should not underestimate my connections”.
RAILA ODINGA ON BRINER-MATTERN: “HER ENTIRE STORY MAY BE A FAKE”
Raila Odinga reportedly told the East African Standard that Briner-Mattern had written to him about reviving the Kisuma Molasses project but that her correspondence ‘did not amount to much’ and that she eventually demanded money from him ‘in what he thought amounted to extortion’.
Raila Odinga was quoted by the East African Standard as saying about Briner-Mattern’s accusations, “If that is what she is saying, then her entire story may be a fake”.
The next installment (Part 3): Briner-Mattern, her alleged affair with President Moi, prostitutes in Mombasa and Gor Sunguh’s Parliamentary Committee adversely named…
*Referred to in Raila Odinga’s autobiography ‘the Flame of Freedom’ as ‘Brenda Brimmer-Martens’ (Book ‘written with Sarah Elderkin’).