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6 member committee to probe Judiciary bribery claims

27 January 2016, 22:26

Nairobi - A 6 member Committee has been instituted to probe bribery claims against Supreme Court judge Philip Tunoi and handed one week to come up with deliberations on the matter.

On Wednesday, the team was named by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga and handed the time frame to determine the fate of Tunoi, The Daily Nation reported.

The special team that will investigate the bribery allegations against Justice Tunoi will be chaired by Public Service Commission chairman Margaret Kobia.

Other members of the special team are Attorney General Prof Githu Muigai, Justice Aggrey Muchelule, Judge Emily Ominde, Winifred Guchu and Kipkorir Bett.

Mutunga stressed that the committee would handle the investigations with utmost fairness, independence and fidelity to the Constitution.

The team was formed following allegations by a Mr Geoffrey Kiplagat.

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Capital News explained that Kiplagat claims in the affidavit that he acted as a go-between for Justice Tunoi and Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero, culminating in the Supreme Court judge receiving KES 200 million to rule in favour of the Governor in an election petition filed by Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu in 2014.

Both Justice Tunoi and Dr Kidero have denied the allegations.

 Kiplagat claims he was approached by prominent Nairobi businessman Mike Njeru, to act as a connect to the bespectacled, soft-spoken Justice Tunoi.

“The brief was for me to contact Justice Philip Tunoi to help Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero in his case at the Supreme Court. Mike trusted me as a networked journalist, having worked with him in the past.”

Kidero says he has never met Kiplagat and that the allegations are a making of his own imagination.

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