, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 3 -The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) Special Committee tasked to probe bribery allegations against Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi has been given more time to compile its report.
Committee Chairperson Professor Margaret Kobia says they need time until Friday to finish analysing evidence collected from those mentioned in the saga.
“The committee was given today’s deadline of 3rd February, 2016 to submit the final report of its finding to the commission. The committee has however not been able to complete the report and has sought and obtained extension of time from the Judicial Service Commission to complete its work by Friday 5th February, 2016,” she said at a media briefing Wednesday.
The committee received evidence from seven people including Justice Tunoi and his accuser Geoffrey Kiplagat.
She said the JSC will meet on Friday afternoon to receive and deliberate the special committee’s report.
The members of the JSC charged with determining what action should be taken against Tunoi are Prof Kobia, Attorney General Githu Muigai, High Court Justice Aggrey Muchelule, Magistrate Emily Ominde, Winnie Guchu and Kipkorir Bett.
“The committee reiterates its commitment to a just, fair and accountable process” Prof Kobia added.
The committee on Monday heard from Kiplagat who, through an affidavit, accused Tunoi of receiving a Sh200 million bribe from Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero in order to ensure that he emerged victorious over now-Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu who had challenged his election.
On the same morning it also heard from Tunoi who has described Kiplagat’s allegations as “cheap fiction” fabricated by the JSC with whom he’s embroiled in a retirement dispute.
On Tuesday the committee heard from Kidero who threatened to sue “damn great” all those who had accused him of bribing the judge. Particularly, lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi who on Sunday alleged that the amount Kidero paid out was Sh300 million and not Sh200 million, and not to just the one judge.
It also heard from lawyer Katwa Kigen who Kiplagat claims drove Tunoi to receive the bribe.
Issa Mansur who acted as Commissioner for Oaths for Kiplagat was also summoned; Tunoi having accused him of abetting the JSC’s machinations to forcibly remove him from office.
Businessman Mike Njeru also appeared before the committee on Tuesday and rebutted Kiplagat’s claim that he was involved in the alleged compromising of the judge.
He testified that Kiplagat threatened to, “peddle his falsehoods,” in an attempt to blackmail him a year ago. “You must ask yourself why it took him a year to submit the affidavit to the authorities,” Njeru’s lawyer, Andrew Musangi, posed.