Team probing Judge Tunoi bribery claim to table report in a week

Dr Mutunga said the committee would handle the investigations with utmost fairness.

Wednesday January 27 2016

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga with members of the

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga with members of the Judicial Service Commission at the Supreme Court in Nairobi on January 27, 2016. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By PETER LEFTIE
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A six-member committee appointed by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to investigate bribery allegations against Supreme Court Judge Justice Phillip Tunoi will table its report in a week’s time.

On Wednesday, Ms Ominde was sworn in as a JSC member to represent magistrates in the commission.

Other members of the commission who attended Wednesday’s meeting included Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, Attorney-General Githu Muigai, judges Smokin Wanjala, Mohammed Warsame, Aggrey Muchelule and Judiciary Chief Registrar Ann Amadi.

The special team that will investigate the bribery allegations against Justice Tunoi will be chaired by Public Service Commission chairman Margaret Kobia.

Dr Mutunga, who is the chairman of the JSC, said other members of the special team are Prof Muigai, Justice Muchelule, Ms Ominde, Winifred Guchu and Kipkorir Bett.

He stressed that the committee would handle the investigations with utmost fairness, independence and fidelity to the Constitution.

The team was formed following allegations by Mr Geoffrey Kiplagat.

Mr Kiplagat claims in the affidavit that he acted as a go-between for Justice Tunoi and Dr Kidero, culminating in the Supreme Court judge receiving Sh200 million to rule in favour of the Nairobi governor in an election petition filed by now Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu in 2014.

Both Justice Tunoi and Dr Kidero have denied the allegations.

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