Justice Tunoi gets his day before JSC committee

February 1, 2016 12:26 pm
Justice Philip Tunoi walks into the hearing chamber at the Supreme Court buildings.
Justice Philip Tunoi walks into the hearing chamber at the Supreme Court buildings.

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 1 – Justice Philip Tunoi is facing the special Judicial Service Commission (JSC) committee on Monday to defend himself against the Sh200 million bribery allegations.

According to JSC Secretary Anne Amadi, Tunoi will be expected to shed light to the claims leveled against him by journalist Geoffrey Kiplagat.

The committee chaired by Public Service Commission chairperson Margaret Kobia, will be probing Tunoi’s conduct and looking at the evidence gathered against him.

The committee had been given seven days to present a report to the JSC. That time expires on Wednesday, February 3.

Kiplagat had sworn an affidavit claiming to have acted as a “bridge,” in the exchange of Sh202 million between Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Justice Tunoi so that the latter would sway the Supreme Court decision on the Constitutionality of the former’s election in his favour.

The Supreme Court in August 2014 adjudged that an appeal filed by now-Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu challenging Kidero’s election into office should not have been entertained by the Court of Appeal as it was time barred and thereby upheld Kidero’s election.

Following the revelation that money could have exchanged hands, Waititu now wants the decision reviewed.

Tunoi who is currently embroiled in a retirement dispute with the JSC, has denied ever receiving a bribe and said the allegations are part of a conspiracy to, “hound,” him out of office.


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