, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 18 – Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has convened a meeting of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Monday to discuss a developing rift over reforms in the Judiciary.
In a statement, the CJ said he had received a resolution made at a JSC meeting on Saturday calling for the suspension of Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Gladys Shollei over fraud allegations and complaints of high handedness.
Mutunga however said that he would hold off the decision reached by the JSC until he got a full briefing, on Monday, because he was not at the JSC meeting when it was being made.
“The Chief Justice has subsequently convened a full JSC meeting on Monday, August 19, 2013 to receive a full briefing on this resolution,” a statement from his office said.
He also noted that Shollei was not present at the JSC meeting in Mombasa when the decision was being made as she is in Canada on an official trip that kicked off on August 5.
“Since the CJ has been hosting Prof Ali Mazrui and Prof Robert Martin in Nairobi for a series of engagements with the public, the universities and the judges, he was not able to attend the JSC meeting where the resolution was made,” explained the statement.
The Mombasa meeting also discussed the implementation of reforms in the Judiciary, which includes infrastructural developments.
Media reports on Saturday had suggested that Shollei was under fire over alleged shoddy contracts amounting to Sh5 billion.
But she later in the day sent a statement discounting the media claims saying she was clean and that anyone who was willing to audit her conduct was free to do so.
“Old corruption networks have been dismantled and new watertight systems have been put in place to ensure no impropriety can take place,” she said.
“However certain individuals and corporations who have benefited from such vices have resorted to attempts to undermine the Judiciary’s progressive reforms.”
The newspaper reports cited controversial construction works at the Milimani Law Courts building where electric cables started coming off and roofs started leaking barley 10 months after it was commissioned.
And although Shollei was not there when construction works on the building started and were completed, she is reported to have cleared Sh1 billion for the repair works at the Milimani Law Courts together with other law courts without probing why the Milimani building started falling apart immediately after construction.
Reports in the daily also questioned the amount allegedly okayed by Shollei as rent for judges and court staff.