BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,7TH SEPT 2018-The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji wants a five judge bench set up to hear a petition by Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu challenging her prosecution.
In an application filed on Friday and satisfied as urgent , Haji through senior prosecuting counsel Lilian Ogwora argued that the petition by Mwilu raises several substantial questions of law and public importance and should be heard by more than one judge.
He wants the case file placed before Chief Justice David Maraga to constitute a bench of five judges.
Haji stated that the determination of the petition will have an effect on the performance of the respective constitutional mandate of his office, Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the National Police Service.
“The petitioner seeks to stop a matter of grave public importance and interest since it concerns the question of conduct of public servants and state officers,” he pointed out.
He further wants the issue of empaneling the bench determined before October 9 when the case will be argued inter-partes.
“It is in the interest of justice and public that an uneven number of judges be appointed to hear this petition to settle questions raised,” he argued.
It is now up to Justice Chacha Mwita who heads the Constitutional and Human Rights Division to determine whether the petition qualifies to be heard by a bench.