Tunoi-tribunal to sit on Thursday

The tribunal investigating corruption allegations against suspended and now retired Supreme Court Judge; Philip Tunoi has postponed Tuesday’s sitting to Thursday this week.

The tribunal was expected to issue a statement to determine wether it would continue with its sittings or adjourn and dissolve afterJustice Tunoi officially left office for retirement, following a Supreme Court ruling read by immediate retired Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga, that Tunoi alongside Deputy Chief Justice Kalpana Rawal, should retire at the age of seventy.

The Sharad Rao-led seven member tribunal suspended today’s (Tuesday) much anticipated sitting, after Tunoi’s lawyers led by Fred Ngatia requested for additional time to asses the Supreme Court ruling, issued last week.

The tribunal’s chairman Justice Rao urged lawyers in the case to utilize the given time to allow the tribunal to complete its findings in a just and fair manner and submit a conclusive report to president Uhuru Kenyatta for further action.

This would see the tribunal complete its tasks after its formation by the president, following a recommendation by the Judicial Service Commission  (JSC) chaired by Dr Mutunga, as the head of Judiciary.

Tunoi is alleged to have received a Sh200 million bribe from Nairobi governor Dr Evans Kidero, to influence the outcome of Kidero’s 2013 election petition filed by political rival, now Kabete MP, Ferdinand Waititu.

Tunoi is alleged to have received Sh200 million bribe from Nairobi governor Dr Evans Kidero, to influence the outcome of Kidero’s 2013 election petition filed by political rival Ferdinand Waititu, now Kabete MP.

The tribunal has grilled a number of witnesses including Kidero, Judiciary Ombudsman Kennedy Bidali, complainant Journalist Geoffrey Kiplagat, Kidero and Tunoi’s secretaries  and personal assistants, police officers from the DCI, among  others.

Kidero and Tunoi have since denied knowing each other at a personal level, or ever meeting  physically.

 

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