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Murkomen asks JSC to fairly handle Justice Tunoi's graft case

02 February 2016, 18:53 Philomenah Chebet

Nairobi - Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen wants the Judiciary Service Commission to fairly and carefully handle the KES 200 million graft case facing Supreme Court judge Philip Tunoi.

The Senate Deputy Majority Leader said the ongoing investigations by JSC should not only focus on the judge but also look at the activities and roles of the complainant Geoffrey Kiplagat and all those he mentioned.

Kiplagat, a journalist, late last month sensationally claimed that Justice Tunoi was given a KES 200 million bribe by Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero in August 2014 to favor him in an election petition filled by Kabete MP, Ferdinand Waititu.

In a press statement sent to newsrooms, Senator Murkomen emphasized that JSC should follow due process of law on the explosive Justice Tunoi matter.

“The investigations should not give credibility to testimonies of people of questionable character, especially those who have admitted aiding and abetting corruption and other economic crimes,” said the Senator.

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“Giving credibility to such testimonies of extremely low probative value amounts to glorifying procurement of ‘whistle blowers’ for ulterior motives and admitting to being taken hostage by judicial bandits,” he explained.

Murkomen stressed that the probe by the special team handling the matter should allay fears that some judicial officers are being sacrificed as a way of giving back to those who gave out plum jobs in the past.

“The investigations should also clear the air on allegations that the Tunoi matter has something to do with succession in the Judiciary. We all recall how former JSC chief registrar Gladys Shollei was hounded out of office by the so called “War Council” at the Judiciary,” said Murkomen.

“It is my sincere hope that the “War Council” has not been reactivated to run a new campaign to accuse certain judicial officers, whip public guilty verdict, and ask them to step aside while frantic efforts are being made to manufacture ‘evidence’.”

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