Supreme Court judge faces probe for receiving KES 200M bribe from Kidero
25 January 2016, 22:25
Nairobi - Supreme Court Judge Justice Philip Tunoi is facing a corruption probe for allegedly receiving a KES 200 million bribe to rule in favour of Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero in an election petition.
Tunoi, in the report on The Daily Nation, is understood to have pocketed the sum of USD 2 million to rule in favour of Kidero in a petition by the now Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu.
The money is said to have exchanged hands in 2013.
Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said Monday that he had convened a special sitting of the Judiciary Service Commission to probe corruption allegations facing Justice Philip Tunoi.
" This is a serious issue that needs close scrutiny," he said of the probe.
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The Standard reports that a man who claims to have been the bridge between Kidero and Tunoi has come forward to make the claims.
Mutunga confirmed that he had received an affidavit by a Geoffrey Kiplagat alleging that Justice Philip Tunoi received the money from Nairobi Governor Kidero to rule in his favour in the election petition.
" In view of the gravity of the allegations and the public interest the matter has generated, I will be presenting this matter to a special sitting of the JSC that I have summoned for Wednesday,” Mutunga is quoted as saying.
Mutunga confirmed that he had forwarded the case to the Director of Public Prosecutions DPP Keriako Tobiko for action.
The petition by Waititu was thrown out by Justice Tunoi for a perceived lack of evidence.
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