CJ calls crisis talks over Baraza gun drama

January 5, 2012 2:00 pm

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 5 – NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 5 – Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has convened an emergency meeting of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to discuss an incident involving his Deputy, Nancy Baraza, who is accused of brandishing a pistol at a security guard.

In a statement, Mutunga said the Judiciary had instituted an internal investigation into the incident that occurred on December 31 at the Village Market shopping mall.

“This matter has rightly generated considerable public interest and should be dealt with conclusively and satisfactorily. I am in the process of getting full facts surrounding the incident,” he indicated.

Mutunga said no institution or person was above the law, as he urged the police to conduct their investigations without undue interference from any quarters.

“Nobody or institution in Kenya is above the law. This is the creed that we strive to uphold at the Judiciary,” he warned.

The CJ also re-affirmed his pledge to ensure strict implementation and obedience of the new Constitution and singled out equality for all Kenyans; “Indeed the Constitution of Kenya envisages an open and democratic society based on human dignity, equity, equality, freedom and non-discrimination.”

In the meantime, there was commotion at the home of the security guard Rebecca Kerubo in Gachie on Thursday afternoon after journalists foiled a meeting between her and an emissary allegedly sent to the home by Baraza.

Drama unfolded after journalists who had been camping near the home for the better part of the day, confronted the emissary to know who she was, after the guard’s family turned against her.

The guard claimed it was not the first time Baraza had tried to convene a meeting with her to discuss the matter with the possibility of settling it.

Kerubo’s husband Bernard Murara said he received a call from a lady who identified herself as Baraza and said she wanted to seek forgiveness.

“When we neared the place we were to meet her (Baraza), the woman who had been sent said that Baraza cannot meet us, because there are reporters who have gotten wind of the meeting,” Murara told journalists.

Kerubo claimed that two days after the incident, she was summoned by the Gigiri police boss to record her statement and minutes later, Baraza turned up at the police station.

“After I had finished recording my statement, the OCS gave me his phone and the voice on the other end identified herself as the DCJ and requested if I could meet with her. Within minutes she walked into the OCS’s office and we talked and she said that I must forgive her; but the OCS told her that she could not force forgiveness… that forgiveness is a personal matter,” Kerubo told reporters at her house.

Baraza is reported to have confronted the security guard who wanted to carry out a routine screen check on her as she entered a chemist at the mall.

Kerubo claimed that Baraza told her she should “know people” but later went to her car and returned with a firearm which he pointed at her while threatening her.

Baraza has admitted there was a confrontation and said she regretted the incident but robustly denies he pointed a firearm at the guard.


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