Activists planning demos to push Justices Mwilu, Lenaola out

September 24, 2017 (5 weeks ago) 5:15 pm
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The two judges were among seven at the Supreme Court of Kenya. Photo/CFM/File.
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 24-A group of activists has threatened to hold protests outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday if Justice Isaac Lenaola and Philomena Mwilu will not have vacated office by Monday following accusations of siding with the Opposition in their ruling on the presidential petition.

Civil Society Development Group wants the two judges not to conduct any business in the apex court until a petition filed at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for their removal is heard and determined.

In a letter issued to the Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet, the civil society group wants to be granted security to hold protests outside the Supreme Court against the two judges.

“We shall from Tuesday 26 September 2017 , assemble, demonstrate, picket and continuously petition against the two accused judges of the Supreme Court Building, Nairobi, until those two leave office to pave way for investigations and determination of the petition by the Judicial Service Commission,” they said in the letter seen by Capital FM News.

The petition for the removal of the two judges was filed at JSC by one Derrick Ngumu on September 18.

In the petition, Ngumu alleged that the two judges met with NASA lawyers James Orengo and Amos Wako several times during the petition filed by NASA leader Raila Odinga leading to the nullification of results of the presidential election held on Auguts 8.

The petition accuses the two judges of gross misconduct with an evidence of phone records and having met the NASA lawyers outside the court room during the hearing of the petition.

The damning petitions are detailed with the time of calls, phone call durations and locations of the calls in the time the court was handling the Presidential petition.

However Justice Lenaola has launched an offensive of his own and through his advocate Donald Kipkorir has formally written to Safaricom to explain to him how his private call records could have been accessed by one Ngumu who is seeking his removal from office.

He has also threatened to sue State House Digital Director Dennis Itumbi for defamation if he does not retract tweets implicating him to gross misconduct. Itumbi has said he stands by his allegations and dared him to institute legal proceedings.

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