Tunoi tribunal to start sittings Thursday

Justice Tunoi has refuted the bribery allegations levelled against him. [Photo/Courtesy]

The tribunal investigating suspended Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi will hold it’s first public sitting Thursday.

Tribunal Chair Sharad Rao said Thursday’s sitting will be in a form of a status conference to set guidelines for the tribunal which is probing bribery claims facing the Supreme Court Judge.

Rao says Tunoi will start his defense on Monday when he will also decide whether he wants the tribunal’s sittings to be held in private or public.

The tribunal was formed to determine whether Justice Tunoi should continue to hold office following claims by journalist Geoffrey Kiplagat that he took a bribe of 200 million shillings from Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero in an election petition case filed by Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu.

In early March 2016, the Sharad Rao led tribunal was sworn in, amid controversy over the chairmanship of the tribunal.

The Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board chair Sharad Rao was sworn in as the chair of the tribunal, although earlier reports indicated that the President had appointed retired Judge Jonathan Havelock as the chair, after lawyers raised doubts on the qualifications of Rao to lead the tribunal.

Speaking after the swearing in ceremony, presided over by Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga at the Supreme Court, Rao promised to carry out thorough investigations on the claims facing Tunoi without favour.

In late February, President Uhuru Kenyatta suspended Tunoi and formed a six-member tribunal to further probe him.

Other members of the tribunal are: Justice Roselyn Korir, Justice (Rtd.) Jonathan Havelock, Judith Guserwa, James Kaberere Gachoka, Abdirashid Abdullahi Hussein and George Munji Wakukha.

Tunoi’s woes began after Kiplagat, a former KASS FM presenter, alleged that he had received Ksh 200 million from Governor Kidero to rule in his favour in an election petition filed by the now Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu.

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