NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 8 – The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has given the go-ahead for the prosecution of suspended Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza for assaulting a security guard.
He has appointed two senior officials from his office to lead the case against Baraza.
“The DPP has today approved the prosecution of DCJ in connection with the Village Market incident. He has appointed Dorcas Odour, the Acting deputy DPP and Alexander Muteti, a Principal Prosecuting Counsel, to prosecute the case,” a statement from Keriako Tobiko’s office indicated.
Baraza will be prosecuted in connection with the Village Market incident in which she assaulted security guard Rebecca Kerubo and threatened her with a gun.
Kerubo’s lawyer Irungu Keng’ata told Capital FM News that they recorded a statement with the police giving details of the goings-on during last year’s incident.
“It will be up to the prosecution to decide on what offences to prosecute Baraza. She assaulted my client, she pinched her nose and she threatened to shoot her. We included this in our statement with the police,” he asserted.
The tribunal investigating the incident recommended Baraza’s removal from office after it concluded that she pinched Kerubo’s nose, brandished a gun at her and caused disturbances at the Village Market.
It’s now understood that Baraza will file an appeal against the tribunal’s decision on Thursday morning.
If she did not appeal, the president would have been obligated to act on the recommendations of the tribunal and remove Baraza from office upon the expiry of 10 days as allowed in the Constitution.
Baraza was appointed last year under the new Constitution, as part of wide-ranging reforms.
It was one of the measures that Kenya undertook to restore confidence in the judiciary and following the incident, the tribunal felt Baraza’s continued stay of in office would deter efforts to promote trust and efficient judicial services in the country.