Mutunga suspends four top judiciary officials in corruption probe
03 April 2014, 19:46
Nairobi - The Chief Justice has censured four top judiciary officials over alleged corruption charges.
The four, deputy Chief Registrar Kissinger Kakai, the Human Resource Director Dismas Obondo, IT director Thomas Atak and Director Supply Chain Management Martin Okwata were all called in for corruption charges by the CJ.
In a statement to media houses, Mutunga through registrar Anne Amadi said that the four would face a judiciary probe and had been asked to step aside to allow for them to continue.
"The issues in these four areas raise important questions on the competence of officials but also point to steps that must be taken to safeguard public resources.
The statement further reiterated the reasons as to why it was necessary they step aside.
"In order to preclude the perception of conflicts of interest in the course of these inquiries, the Chief Justice being satisfied that the public interest requires that an officer should cease forthwith to exercise the powers and functions of their office – has today interdicted four officials as provided for under the Third Schedule, Section 16, of the Judicial Service Act, the statement stated.
The statement further asked the four officials to hand over the reigns to their office quietly and in good manner.
The decision will be a setback to the judiciary in its mission to rid itself of bribery and corruption allegations that it had picked up in the past and comes only a few weeks after former registrar Gladys Shollei had the decision to have her removed from the judiciary rescinded by the industrial court.
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