Graft: JSC wants orders suspending Justice Mwilu’s hearing quashed

Written By: Sarafina Robi

The high-ranking Supreme court judge has been accused of tax evasion, abusing her office and receiving bribes.

The Judicial Service Commission wants the high court to quash ex-parte orders seeking to suspend the hearing of the Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu before the commission.

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The independent commission says if the orders are not stopped, they will interfere with four pending petitions before it seeking the removal of Mwilu from office.

The DCI and DPP have sought to be enjoined in the application whose ruling is set for the 7th of October.

On the 17th of August Mwilu who is a member of the JSC obtained orders stopping the JSC committee from continuing with the hearings of a case by the DPP and DCI seeking her removal from office over alleged misconduct.

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She claimed that the charges levelled against her were politically instigated.

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The DPP Noordin Haji has accused the high-ranking Supreme court judge of tax evasion, abusing her office and receiving bribes.

He further claimed that the DCJ was using different means to delay the criminal case against her.

The JSC has also opposed an application by Mwilu seeking the recusal of Paul Kihara Kariuki and Macharia Njeru in the case.

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Mwilu had opposed the JSC hearing, saying two of the commissioners – Attorney General Kihara Kariuki and Macharia Njeru – are biased against her. The JSC dismissed the bias claims, so she moved to the High Court, which blocked the JSC hearings.

Appearing before Justice Weldon Korir the DCI and DPP asked to be enjoined in the application.

The ruling will be on 7th of October. Meanwhile, four accused persons William Michieka Makonge, Clecencia Onsake Mongare, Julius Ngala Atilo and Beatrice  Auma Ojwang are facing child-stealing charges.

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In an affidavit from the investigating officer, the police reportedly rescued eight children from the suspects.

The suspects are believed to be part of a wider child-stealing syndicate. Magistrate Bernad Ochowi ordered the four to be released on a bond of 100,000 shillings and a surety of similar amount and a cash bail of 50,000 shillings.

The magistrate also directed the suspect’s report to the police station whenever required, warning them against interfering with the case.




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