President Uhuru suspends High Court judge Said Chitembwe

President Uhuru suspends High Court judge Said Chitembwe

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,19TH MAY,2022-President Uhuru Kenyatta has suspended High Court judge Said Chitembwe over gross misconduct allegations.

The President also formed a tribunal, to be chaired by Justice Mumbi Ngugi, to inquire into the allegations against Justice Chitembwe and determine his suitability to continue being judge.

On May 4,2022,The Judicial Service Commission (JSC)  approved the removal of Justice  Chitembwe from office.

Through Chief Justice Martha Koome, the Commission wrote to  President Uhuru Kenyatta for further action.

“Accordingly, the Commission resolved to send the Petition to His Excellency the President for his further action in accordance with article 168(4) of the Constitution,” Koome said.

She also assured Kenyans of JSC’s commitment to integrity and accountability in the Judiciary.

“The JSC considered the report of the panel on the petition imitated by the commission on its own motion and is satisfied that the petition discloses grounds for the removal of Chitembewe,” the statement read.

In November 2021, Chief Justice Martha Koome said the JSC would meet to discuss a petition seeking the removal of Chitembwe from the office following viral leaks alleging misconduct and a scheme to compromise a case.

The leaks by former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko depict Justice Chitembwe as part of a scheme to compromise the course of justice in a land dispute.

“The Judicial Service Commission will meet to deliberate on the issue according to its constitution and statutory set procedures,” Koome said in a statement.

Chitembwe has denied involvement in corruption, insisting that the videos were manipulated to put forth a false narrative.

A section of lawyers through the Nairobi LSK branch had also called for the judge’s removal from the bench.

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