Tribunal winds up graft probe against Tunoi

By KBC Reporter

The tribunal investigating bribery allegations against retired judge Philip Tunoi has halted its proceedings basing on the fact that he is no longer occupying a public office. 

Chairman of the tribunal Sharad Rao, said they lack the legal mandate to proceed with the investigations as the judge has retired.

Rao said the issue of whether the judge was properly retired or not is not relevant to the tribunal.  He said the tribunal will however forward the evidence it had gathered against the judge to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The tribunal was formed to investigate Tunoi after he was accused of receiving Sh200 million bribe from Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero to rule in his favour in an election petition filed by Mr Ferdinand Waititu, now the Kabete MP.

The embattled Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi was served with letters to vacate the judiciary mid this month after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70 years.

Subsequently, the Judicial Service Commission advertised three vacant positions at the Supreme Court including that of Chief Justice Willy Mutunga who exited the judiciary on Thursday the 16th of June.

Tribunal chairperson Sharad Rao said the seven member tribunal unanimously agreed to stop its inquiry into the bribery claims as it lacks the legal mandate to proceed with the hearings.

  

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