Chief Justice Martha Koome today at The Supreme Court of Kenya, oversaw the swearing in of the chairperson and the members of the tribunal appointed by the President Uhuru Kenyatta to probe the suspended High Court Judge Said Juma Chitembwe over allegations of gross misconduct.
Their swearing in comes six days after the President officially appointed them.
Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi will chair the 12-member team with the aid of the lead counsel Senior Counsel Kiragu Kimani assisted by Edward Omotii Nyang’au and Joseph Gitonga Riungu.
Other members of the tribunal are Justices Nzioki wa Makau, Abida Ali Aroni,Senior Counsel Fred Ojiambo, Lt.General(Rtd) Jackson Ndung’u, James Ochieng’ and Dr.Lydia Nzomo with Jasper Mbiuki and Sarah Yamo serving as joint secretaries.
Justice Chitembwe’s suspension comes after the Judicial Service Commission recommended that the President forms a tribunal to try him in court in line with article 168 of the constitution that states that a judge may be removed from office on grounds of their inability to perform the functions of office arising from mental or physical incapacity, a breach of a code of conduct, bankruptcy, incompetence, or gross misconduct.
“I have confidence that you will perform the task before you in accordance with the law bearing in mind all the principles of fairness that are provided for by the constitution,” stated CJ Koome after the members of the tribunal had taken their oath of office in turns.
By Stella Anyango
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