Said Chitembwe, the High Court Judge adversely captured in Mike Sonko’s investigative videos, has been suspended.
President Uhuru Kenyatta suspended Chitembwe on Wednesday, May 19 in order to pave way for investigations against him on allegations of gross misconduct.
Uhuru also appointed a tribunal upon receiving a petition by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) which recommended that the judge be probed.
The tribunal will be chaired by Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi with the members comprising Senior Counsel Fred N. Ojiambo, Lady Justice Abida Ali Aroni, Justice Nzioki wa Makau, James Ochieng’ Oduol, Jackson W. Ndung’u and Lydia Nzomo.
The lead counsel in the tribunal will be Senior Counsel Kiragu Kimani assisted by Joseph Gitonga Riungu and Edward Omotii Nyang’au.
Joint Secretaries for the team will be Jasper M. Mbiuki and Sarah Yamo.
“The Head of State and Government notes that the Petition contains grave allegations regarding the conduct of the Judge and further notes that allegations of gross misconduct on the part of a judge erode the faith of Kenyans in the fair administration of justice,” reads a statement from Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua.
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) ruled that petitions filled for Justice Said Chitembwe’s removal from office on grounds of gross misconduct presented sufficient grounds for his removal.
In a statement issued on May 4, 2022, JSC said the panel tasked with considering the petitions had submitted its report to the full commission for consideration.
The four petitions filed against the judge included one by former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, which carried a strong video evidence.
Others included those from; Francis Wambua, Imgrad Geige and David Leboo Ole Kilusu, all seeking the removal of the Judge from office.
The petitioners accused the judge of being involved in bribery in land disputes that he handled.
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