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Rao finally sworn in as Tunoi tribunal set to begin

02 March 2016, 20:48

Nairobi - Six members of a tribunal appointed to investigate bribery claims against suspended Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi have been sworn in.

The Daily Nation reported that the chairman of the tribunal, Mr Sharad Rao, Justice Roseline Korir, Ms Judith Guserwa, Mr James Kaberere Gacoka, Mr Abdirashid Abdullahi Hussein and Mr George Munji Wakukha were sworn in by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga at the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

After he was sworn in, Rao dismissed allegations that he is not qualified to chair the tribunal, saying that he is fit to steer the investigations.

“Requirements for a person to chair a tribunal to investigate a judge are very clear; those saying that my age does not allow me to chair the tribunal are misguided. That issue is now settled and we are looking forward to conducting fair and just proceedings,” said Mr Rao.

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The seventh member of the tribunal, retired Justice Jonathan Havelock was, however, not present, but Mr Rao said he had sent his apologies and would be sworn in Thursday.

Capital News reports that there had been uncertainty surrounding Rao’s appointment as chairman, after the Executive sent mixed messages on the matter.

Principal Administrative Secretary in the Office of the President Kennedy Kihara on Sunday said Rao had been replaced by Havelock as chairman but Muturi was adamant at the swearing-in that there had been no “flip-flopping” and that Rao had always been President Uhuru Kenyatta’s choice.

“After we gazetted Rao’s appointment as chairman there have been no subsequent gazette notices.”

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