Justice David Majanja has recused himself from hearing a graft case against Chief Registrar of Judiciary Ann Amadi.
Last week, the Milimani Commercial Judge David Majanja froze personal bank accounts belonging to Amadi and her son, Brian Ochieng who are implicated in a Ksh 89M fake gold syndicate.
Majanja made the orders following a suit filed by Bruton Gold Trading Company based in Dubai.
Justice Majanja said he could not continue hearing the case since he sits in the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) where Amadi is the secretary to the commission.
“l am a member of JSC where Amadi sits as the secretary and CRJ and I granted the order on that basis it was the law firm- Amadi & Associates Advocates registered in her name. I note that there are issues pertaining to my partiality and the impression created to the members of the public. I, therefore, disqualify myself from hearing the matter and refer it to the High Court Commercial Division Presiding Judge Alfred Mabeya for hearing on Wednesday morning,” Justice Majanja said.
Amadi who has dismissed the allegations levelled against her together with her son Brian Ochieng has petitioned the court to vacate the freezing orders pending the hearing and determination of the case before Justice Alfred Mabeya tomorrow May 24th.
Justice Mabeya will decide whether to hear the suit or assign another judge.
The top court official has been sued by a British National who claims he paid the registrar’s firm (Amadi and Associates) $742,206 (Ksh102,090,435), for the supply of 1,500kg consignment of gold bars which were never delivered.
Amadi has termed the accusations that cast aspersions on her integrity as untrue, malicious. She has vowed to defend herself in court including suing for defamation.
Additional reporting by Ruth Wamboi