, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 29 – Gladys Shollei is now free to resume her duties as the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary after she struck an out-of-court settlement with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
A statement from her lawyer Donald Kipkorir said Shollei agreed to withdraw the case she filed in court seeking to stop the commission’s probe against her.
The parties were due back in court on Friday to report to High Court Judge David Majanja whether they have struck a deal after JSC’s lawyer Paul Muite sought time to handle the matter out of court.
“I wish to inform the public that Gladys Boss Shollei the Chief Registrar, Judiciary and the Judicial Service Commission have reached settlement that protects their respective rights and mandate and also the integrity of the Judiciary,” wrote the lawyer on Thursday.
Shollei was to be investigated by two committees of the JSC over allegations of malpractice, a probe that she termed as malicious.
She maintained that the probe was a witch hunt aimed at settling personal scores that three JSC commissioners allegedly have against her.
“In pursuance to the said settlement, Ms Shollei has withdrawn her petition in Nairobi HC (High Court) Petition no. 421 of 2013 and she is at liberty to resume work,” explained Kipkorir.
Shollei has accused commissioners Ahmednasir Abdullahi, Emily Ominde and Mohammed Warsame of trying to arm-twist her into submitting to their selfish interests.
In her suit papers, she stated “The three Commissioners told me to my face that I will pay for any refusal to accede to their demands.”
The JSC had also been summoned by the parliamentary legal affairs committee to respond to concerns surrounding the matter on Thursday. It however snubbed the invite saying that the three arms of government were independent of each other.
Shollei was forced to go on leave for 15 days to give time and room for investigations into her conduct.
She however went to court last week and obtained an order stopping the inquiry until she got an assurance that Abdullahi, Ominde and Warsame would not be in any of the committees investigating her.