Koome swears in tribunal to probe Chitembwe

chitembweJudge Mumbi Ngugi takes oath to lead the seven member tribunal on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

Chief Justice Martha Koome has Wednesday morning sworn in members to the tribunal to consider the petition seeking to remove High Court Judge Said Chitembwe from office.

The tribunal will be chaired by Court of Appeal judge Mumbi Ngugi.

She urged the tribunal to accord the judge fairness and not to be swayed in anyway in determining the petition.

She said the panel has a Cardinal duty to uphold the law and the constitution in adjudicating the matter and ensuring that every party is accorded a fair hearing to make the case.

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The tribunal was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta through a special gazette notice.

Judicial service commission led by Koome had recommended the removal of Chitembwe after former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko alleged that he was improperly influenced in determining a matter before him brought by the former county boss.

The JSC’s probe found that the judge had a case to answer.

Chitembwe had indicated intentions to appeal the commission’s findings.

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