Waititu wants review of petition verdict after bribery claims

January 26, 2016 6:02 pm
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Waititu who spoke in Mombasa said his call is informed by revelations of claims of Sh200 million bribery given to Justice Philip Tunoi/FILE
Waititu who spoke in Mombasa said his call is informed by revelations of claims of Sh200 million bribery given to Justice Philip Tunoi/FILE
MOMBASA, Kenya Jan 26 – Kabete Member of Parliament Ferdinand Waititu now wants the Supreme Court judgment on his election petition against Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero reviewed.

Waititu who spoke in Mombasa said his call is informed by revelations of claims of Sh200 million bribery given to Justice Philip Tunoi.

“I have all along told Nairobians that something wrong had actually happened in the ruling, and I want to make a passionate appeal to the Chief Justice, Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), National Intelligence Services (NIS) and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to carry out a thorough investigations and make sure they satisfy the doubts that have now been created to the minds of Kenyans, that the Judiciary is corrupt. I want to tell the Chief Justice that the Judiciary is on trial,” he told a news conference.

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga is on Wednesday set to table an investigation report against the judge before the Judicial Service Commission which will determine his fate.

Mutunga said he also intends to forward the report to the EACC for further investigations.

READ: CJ reveals internal report into Tunoi bribery claims ready

According to media reports, the CJ confirmed that he had received an affidavit by one Geoffrey Kiplagat alleging that Justice Tunoi received US$2 million (Sh202 million) from Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero to rule in his favour in an election petition filed by Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu.

“In view of the gravity of the allegations and the public interest the matter has generated, I will be presenting this matter to a special sitting of the JSC that I have summoned for Wednesday,” said Mutunga.

According to Mutunga, the JSC will act according to its laws and follow due process in handling the corruption allegations against the judge.

CJ Mutunga ordered an investigation into the corruption allegations against the judge last November after his office received the affidavit that claimed judge Tunoi received a bribe.

Mutunga once again pledged that the Judiciary will not spare any official involved in corruption which has been a major focus towards establishing a clean judicial system in the country.

“As part of the Judiciary transformation program, I have been clear and firm on the fight against corruption. This is the reason I have taken disciplinary measures against a number of Judiciary officers and invited EACC to conduct lifestyle audits for judges, magistrates, judicial officers and staff.”

Justice Tunoi who was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2011 was in the headlines in 2014 after he moved to court to stop the JSC from retiring him at the age of 70.

Joined by High Court Judge David Onyancha, the two argued that their appointments came under the old Constitution which allowed them the age limit of 74.

His fate to continue serving in the Judiciary now hangs in the hands of the JSC which will base its decision on the results of the investigation into the corruption allegations.

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