Members of the Tribunal appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to probe suspended High Court Judge Said Juma Chitembwe have been sworn in at the Supreme court.
Last week, the President in a gazette notice appointed a 12-member team to inquire into the allegations against the judge and determine his suitability.
This is after receiving a petition from the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) recommending the removal from office of the Judge of the High Court of Kenya over allegations of gross misconduct.
The President noted that the petition contains grave allegations regarding the conduct of the Judge that erode the faith of Kenyans in the fair administration of justice.
“Upon consideration of the Petition of the Judicial Service Commission, together with its annexures, His Excellency has suspended Justice Chitembwe Judge of the High Court of Kenya, from office with immediate effect,” The President said.
The Tribunal is chaired by Hon. Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi while others members are Dr. Fred N. Ojiambo SC, Lady Justice Abida Ali Aroni, Justice Nzioki wa Makau, James Ochieng’ Oduol, Lt. Gen. (Rtd.) Jackson W. Ndung’u and Dr. Lydia Nzomo while Kiragu Kimani SC will be the Lead Counsel.
Joseph Gitonga Riungu and Edward Omotii Nyang’au will be assisting counsel while Jasper M. Mbiuki and Sarah Yamo will be Joint Secretaries.
Four petitions were filed by former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, Francis Wambua, Imgrad Geige, and David Leboo Ole Kilusu, who sought to have the judge removed.
JSC said it had determined that a petition filed for Justice Chitembwe’s removal from office on the grounds of gross misconduct and impropriety presented sufficient grounds for his removal.
“At its meeting of 27th April 2022, the JSC considered the report of the panel on the petition initiated by the Commission on its own motion and is satisfied that the Petition discloses grounds for the removal of Hon. Justice Chitembwe Said Juma from office, pursuant to the provisions of Article 168(1) of the Constitution,” JSC said.
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