Judge Mutava tribunal takes oath of office

June 22, 2013 7:37 am
The tribunal will probe the conduct of Justice Joseph Mbalu Mutava (pictured). Photo/ FILE
The tribunal will probe the conduct of Justice Joseph Mbalu Mutava (pictured). Photo/ FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya Jun 22- The members of a tribunal established to probe the conduct of suspended High Court Judge Joseph Mbalu Mutava have been sworn-in.

The team which will be chaired by Appellate Judge David Maraga was sworn-into office in a ceremony presided over by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga.

The team was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta after the Judicial Service Commission petitioned the President to appoint a tribunal to inquire into the conduct of the judge, pursuant to the provisions of Article 168 of the Constitution.

Speaking after the swearing in, Justice Maraga assured Kenyans that the Tribunal will discharge its mandate as required by the law.

Other members are High Court Judges Maureen Odero and David Majanja and Senior Counsel Omesh Kapila and legal scholar Patricia Kamiri Mbote.
Kapila is a Senior Counsel while Prof Mbote is the Dean, Faculty of Law at the University of Nairobi.

In the discharge of its functions, the tribunal shall prepare and submit a report and recommendations and exercise all the powers conferred upon it by law for the proper execution of its mandate.

Nazima Malik and Emmanuel Bitta will serve as the Tribunal’s Lead and Assisting Counsel while Mugure Gituto and John Makori are the Tribunal’s Joint Secretaries.

Justice Mutava was facing 11 counts of impropriety, eight of which were dismissed due to lack of evidence.

A statement signed by Judicial Service Commission acting deputy chairperson Christine Mango said the commission was satisfied that the complaints disclosed sufficient grounds to petition the President to appoint a tribunal to investigate the conduct of Justice Mutava.

The LSK filed the complaint against Justice Mutava following a ruling by the judge terminating the Sh5.8 billion Goldenberg scandal case against businessman Kamlesh Pattni.


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