Kidero welcomes formation of tribunal against Tunoi

February 6, 2016 7:15 pm
Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero is alleged to have offered a Sh200mn bribe to Justice Tunoi. Photo/ FILE
Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero is alleged to have offered a Sh200mn bribe to Justice Tunoi. Photo/ FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 6 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has welcomed formation of a tribunal after the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) recommended its formation to probe the Sh200 million bribery allegations against Supreme Court judge Philip Tunoi.

Speaking During a service at the SDA church in Makongeni, Kidero stated that he is ready to testify before it and expressed confidence that he will clear his name if called upon.

He further indicated that despite all these challenges, the scandal will not distract him from serving Nairobi residents tirelessly and stated that this is evident from the County’s development agenda.

“The Nairobi County Government is working tirelessly to serve Nairobi residents. Despite the many challenges in life, we keep soldiering on to make ends meet,” he stated.

“Since I was elected to this post, there have been hardships right, left and centre which have not enabled him serve Nairobi residents proper but I still have some confidence that I will be given another chance.”

On Friday, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga announced that the JSC will be writing to President Uhuru Kenyatta to set up a tribunal following recommendations of a special committee that investigated the matter.

The JSC on January 27 charged six of its members with the task of investigating Geoffrey Kiplagat’s accusations against Tunoi as contained in an affidavit sworn on November 22, 2014; three months after the Supreme Court returned a verdict favourable to Kidero in the aforementioned petition.

On Wednesday the commission extended the committee’s timeline and based on its findings was, “satisfied that a prima facie case of gross misconduct and misbehaviour has been disclosed against Justice Tunoi.”

Justice Tunoi who appeared before the committee on Monday denied taking a bribe from Kidero and described the accusations as, “cheap fiction,” created by the JSC in order to forcibly remove him from office. Tunoi currently has a case pending before the Court of Appeal challenging the JSC decision to retire him at 70.

He did not however deny being acquainted with Kiplagat who in his affidavit claims to have visited him in his office more than ten times.

“The depondent is a busybody who pretends to be connected to persons in the public service,” is how Tunoi described his dealings with Kiplagat.

Kidero, who appeared before the committee on Tuesday, denied that Kiplagat ever acted as his agent and denied even knowing him.

The commission having found that contrary to their assertions there was, “inappropriate interaction and communication,” between Kidero and Tunoi, President Kenyatta is tasked with appointing a tribunal consisting of a chairperson and three other members who hold or have held office as judges of a superior court or are qualified to do so, an advocate of 15 years standing and two other persons with experience in public affairs.


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