, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 4 – Embattled Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Gladys Shollei will in two week’s time get a hearing by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), to defend herself against accusations of impropriety and high handedness.
The JSC reached the resolution on Thursday after a day long close door meeting at the Supreme Court building.
Shollei had last week written to the Chief Justice Willy Mutunga demanding that a public inquiry be set up against her, threatening legal action if her demands were not met in a week’s time.
She was also insistent that the probe be headed by players from the Auditor General’s office, the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission and the Public Procurement Oversight Authority because she did not trust the JSC to conduct a fair hearing.
“Hearing will take place at the Chief Justice’s Boardroom, Supreme Court Building at 10 am on October 16, 2013,” read a statement signed by JSC Registrar Winfrida Mokaya.
It is not clear whether or not she will heed the JSC summons.
Shollei has also been demanding for another public inquiry against Mutunga and five judicial staff for allegedly instituting a war against her to have her removed from office.
The five other officers are Duncan Okello, Kwamchetsi Makhoha, Justice Joel Ngugi, Kennedy Bidali and Dennis Kabaara.
“We have in our possession, a trove of correspondence and documents exchanged between and involving a “a war strategy” of yourself (Mutunga), Okello, Makhoha, Justice Ngugi, Bidali and Kabaara,” wrote Shollei’s lawyer Donald Kipkorir in the letter to Mutunga dated September 27.
“In your war strategy, our client is named “Darth Vader”, the central character in the original trilogy and sequel trilogy of star wars movies.”
The JSC had been accusing Shollei of misusing public funds and abusing her powers but the alleged role that the Chief Justice together with the five judicial staff might have played in her downfall points to an even larger political scheme.
Reports claim that Mutunga started the war against the Chief Registrar so as to reassert his power and control over the Judiciary.
Mutunga is alleged to have been the Commander of the war against Shollei with claims of a 31 point ‘war strategy’ emerging.
“The entire Judicial Service Commission process against our client is a sham and a charade as it violates the cardinal principals of a judicial process,” argued Kipkorir.
“The “War Strategy” signifies that the JSC under your chairmanship maybe an appendage of a conspiracy to remove our client and alleged allies.”