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Former Kenyan President Moi Ordered to Testify on Financial Scam

A Kenyan high court has ordered former President Daniel arap Moi to give testimony about the so-called "Goldenberg Affair", a financial scandal that robbed taxpayers of billions of dollars.

The three-judge panel Friday also ordered testimony from two former vice presidents, Musalia Mudavadi and George Saitoti. Six other men, most former government officials, were summoned as witnesses.

The Moi government has been accused of paying hundreds of millions of dollars under an export scheme to the Goldenberg International company more than 10 years ago.

Prosecutors allege the company falsely claimed to have exported gold and diamonds, materials that are almost non-existent in Kenya.

The Goldenberg commission wrapped up its probe last week, but civic and political activists filed petitions to force the former president and other officials to give testimony.

In May, the head of the company, Kamlesh Pattni implicated Mr. Moi, who has denied the involvement in the scandal.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.