Deputy CJ: Those behind Ksh8m theft in Mombasa court to be arrested

By Christine Muchira

Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu has said that judiciary officers include judges and magistrate implicated in the theft of about Ksh8 million from a Mombasa court’s Admiralty bank accounts will be arrested.

Mwilu said investigations onto the whereabouts of the money that went missing from from a Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) account has commenced.

The Deputy CJ who was addressing journalists on the sidelines of a workshop on corruption in the devolved governments in a Mombasa hotel said that once investigations are over, those behind the loss of the money would be arrested and prosecuted.

Mwilu said the matter had been handed over to the police for further investigations.

“Investigations have already began as we speak we have already handed the matter to police for investigations to establish how and who corruptly transferred the amount,” she said.

A judge and a magistrate are among those being probed over the whereabouts of the money that went missing from the accounts in 2012.

Last week, resident Judge Anyara Emukhule and chief magistrate Teresia Matheka said they never had a hand in the transfer of the money since they were not at the station at the time the said money went missing.

They said they judiciary was conducting probe to establish how the money was withdrawn from the said account.

The money was meant to pay 10 crew members of Mv Ponmudi who had filed for compensation claim after the vessel drifted to Somalia thus endangering their lives and for unpaid wages amounting to 38,46.00 and in July 2012.

High court judge Mary Kasango ordered the ship be auctioned and all claimants compensated.

Despite Justice Kasango in her judgment having issued orders to the deputy registrar at the Mombasa law courts to pay the unpaid wages crew members, they are still languishing in poverty four years down the line after part of the money mysteriously disappeared.

  

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