By Kamadi Amata
President Uhuru Kenyatta has suspended High Court judge Said Chitembwe to pave the way for investigations against him on allegations of gross misconduct.
Kenyatta appointed the tribunal upon receiving a petition by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) which recommended that the judge be probed.
The tribunal will be chaired by Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi with the members comprising Senior Counsel Dr. Fred N. Ojiambo, Lady Justice Abida Ali Aroni, Justice Nzioki wa Makau, Mr. James Ochieng’ Oduol, Lt. Gen. (Rtd.) Jackson W. Ndung’u and Dr. Lydia Nzomo.
The lead counsel in the tribunal will be Senior Counsel Kiragu Kimani assisted by Joseph Gitonga Riungu and Edward Omotii Nyang’au while Joint Secretaries for the team will be Jasper M. Mbiuki and Sarah Yamo.
“Upon consideration of the Petition of the Judicial Service Commission, together with its annexures, His Excellency has, vide Kenya Gazette Notice No. 5540 of 18th May, 2022, caused presidential action as follows:
“The Hon. Justice Said Juma Chitembwe, Judge of the High Court of Kenya, be and is hereby suspended from office with immediate effect,” reads the notice.
The head of state’s decision follows a petition by the Judicial Service Commission that recommended the judge’s removal.
The tribunal will be chaired by Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi.
Four petitions were filed by former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, Francis Wambua, Imgrad Geige and David Leboo Ole Kilusu seeking the removal of the Judge from office.
The petitioners accused the judge of being involved in bribery in land disputes that he handled.