Man seeks removal of Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu over ‘lack of integrity’


Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu in court on Friday, August 31, 2018.
Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu in court on Friday, August 31, 2018. Photo/DZUYA WALTER

In Summary

  • In the petition dated October 4, 2018, Mr. Mogire Mogaka seeks Justice Mwilu’s ouster over her alleged unlawful dealings with the Imperial Bank of Kenya.
  • The petitioner further questions the source of money such as Ksh.64 million, which he alleges that Justice Mwilu was paid from Uganda through her Imperial Bank account in December 2015.
  • He also questions another unsecured loan of Ksh.80 million which the Deputy CJ allegedly received.

A man has filed a petition before the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) seeking the removal of Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu.

In the petition dated October 4, 2018, Mr. Mogire Mogaka seeks Justice Mwilu’s ouster over her alleged unlawful dealings with the Imperial Bank of Kenya.

“The Deputy Chief Justice opened an account with Imperial Bank in August 2013 and by September 2013 she was given an interest free/zero per cent (0%) of Ksh.12 million. This zero interest loan was extended from three months to one and half years,” reads the petition.

“This is not normal by any standard and therefore must have been given by the fact that she is a judge as she applied for the loan on a Judiciary letterhead. The other explanation is that it is a bribe.”

The petitioner further questions the source and validity of huge sums of money such as Ksh.64 million, which he alleges that Justice Mwilu was paid from Uganda through her Imperial Bank account in December 2015, as well as another unsecured loan of Ksh.80 million.

“In November 2014, the Business Development Manager of Imperial Bank Mr. Mehbooba Shamji paid cash Ksh.10 million towards the loan repayment of the Deputy Chief Justice,” adds the petition.

“This raises questions like: How can we be sure that the money came from the Deputy Chief Justice and was not a bribe used to pay her loan? Where did the Deputy Chief Justice get the Ksh.10 million cash if it is true it came from her?”

Mr. Mogaka now states that the embattled Deputy CJ demeaned her office and failed the integrity test, further accusing her of evading taxes.

“Philomena Mwilu is not fit to be the Deputy Chief Justice. She is clearly corrupt and untrustworthy and has contributed to the sinking of Imperial Bank.”

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