CJ says Judiciary will expedite DCJ Mwilu case

Chief Justice David Maraga says the Judiciary will expedite the case facing Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu in accordance to the law.

The CJ was however tight lipped on the nature of charges facing Mwilu but admitted receiving a brief from the Director of Public Prosecutions of the intended arrest of the DCJ.

The arrest of the Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and her subsequent arraignment in court has rattled the Judiciary.

The DCJ is facing six counts ranging from abuse of office for personal gain, accepting a gift in the form of money in circumstances which undermined public confidence in the integrity of her office, Obtaining execution of a security belonging to Imperial Bank Limited  by false pretence, unlawful failure to pay taxes and conducting self in disregard of the law,

Chief Justice David Maraga however refused to be drawn into the fate of his deputy and what it would mean for the Judicial Service Commission and the Supreme Court.

The DCJ has been the Judiciary’s Chief Ombudsman and her arrest on charges of corruption is likely to dim the Judiciary’s efforts in the fight against graft among its ranks.

Maraga was speaking after swearing in commissioners of the National Gender and Equality Commission calling on the commission to carry along the interests of the boy child.

This even as Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony expressed concern over what he terms as selective application of the law in the ongoing war against corruption.

The Governor saying the manner in which Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu was handled during her arrest leaves a lot to be desired.

Chepkwony says the two anti-graft agencies have demonstrated bias in executing their mandates citing lack of urgency in arresting members of parliament and cabinet secretaries mentioned implicated in corruption.


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