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Sonko Risks Jail In JSC Summons To Shine Light On Chitembwe’s Corruption Claims

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Sonko Risks Jail In JSC Summons To Shine Light On Chitembwe’s Corruption Claims


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Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NMG

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Summary

  • The judges’ employer gave Mr. Sonko seven days to appear before the JSC and record a statement on the matter.
  • JSC Law makes it a crime to disobey an order issued by the commission or subpoena from a committee to provide such evidence.
  • Since then, two petitions have been filed to remove Judge Chitembwe as a judge for gross misconduct on bribery charges.

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko risks a three-year jail term or a fine not exceeding one million shillings if he does not appear before the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to shed light on a series of video clips. which has published that judge Said Chitembwe is implicated in corruption.

The judges’ employer gave Mr. Sonko seven days to appear before the JSC and record a statement on the matter.

The JSC Act establishes that it is a crime to disobey an order issued by the commission or the convocation of a committee to provide such evidence. It is also an opportunity to give misleading information to the JSC, which attracts similar penalties.

“The attention of the JSC has been drawn to various video clips, social media posts and cell phone recordings posted by you in which the conduct of Judge Said Juma Chitembwe as a judge has been questioned,” the letter to Mr. Sonko.

The secretary of JSC, Anne Amadi, said that the commission decided to appoint a panel to hear the matter and that “JSC will require your personal assistance to testify as a witness in the aforementioned matter that will proceed to the oral hearing on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.” .

Since then, two petitions have been filed to remove Judge Chitembwe as a judge for gross misconduct on bribery charges.

Francis Wambua filed a petition with the JSC on Wednesday alleging that the judge has engaged in several acts of serious judicial misconduct, including discussing the merits of a pending matter in court, with third parties.

It says that the judge lacks the integrity to continue holding office because he has violated the constitutional provisions on integrity and the code of conduct for judges.

The JSC has already written to Judge Chitembwe, giving him 14 days to respond to the allegations. A panel will meet and discuss the allegations and then report back to the Commission.

Article 168 b) of the Constitution provides for the removal of a judge for breach of the code of conduct.

The dismissal of a judge can be initiated by the JSC, ex officio or at the request of any person to the Commission.

Judge Chitembwe and his Superior Court colleague, Aggrey Muchelule, were arrested in July but were later released without charge.

Judge Chitembwe later admitted that he had around Sh770,000 in US currency when police officers raided his office and he intended to transfer the money to his son’s school fees at Edith Cowan University in Perth Australia.

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