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Twists and turns as Tunoi's bribery probe kicks off

01 February 2016, 22:21

Nairobi - It will be a case of twists and turns it seems and the bribery probe on Supreme Court judge Philip Tunoi starts in earnest.

Tunoi's date with fate kicked off Monday in Nairobi, where he met a Judiciary Service Commision JSC team to decide whether he indeed accepted KES 200 million to rule in favour of Governor Evans Kidero in an election petition.

Capital News reports that it was a day of drama.

The JSC committee was quiet with news of what happened during the two hour meeting with Tunoi. It simply confirmed that the judge had appeared before them as had his accuser Geoffrey Kiplagat.

“The committee will take evidence from other persons whom we believe have information that will help us come to a decision on this matter,” Chairman Margaret Kobia said in the report. “Despite the compelling public interest nature of the issue at hand, our appeal to the media and public at large is to give my committee time to deal with this matter in a manner that will be fair to all parties involved," she added.

Tunoi it is said was bullish over the accusations, saying in confidence that he will prevail.

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On the other hand, The Star reported that The High Court has declined an activist's application to stop the JSC from investigating Supreme Court judge Philip Tunoi over bribery claims.

In a ruling on Monday, judge Mumbi Ngugi said the request was not urgent as the probe by a committee of the Judicial Service Commission has begun. She also said reasons given for the request were insufficient.

Tunoi allegedly received Sh200 million to deliver a favourable judgement in a petition by Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete MP) against Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero in August 2014.

Activist Brian Ng'etich, who wanted the investigation stopped, said the judge is being victimised and is facing discrimination. He also said the special committee constituted to probe the claims was unconstitutional.  

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