Archive 2003


Green Smokescreen Judge feels the Heat

News Update
Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Justice Oguk quits

By NATION Reporter

Embattled Mr Justice Samuel Oguk has quit the bench.

A brief statement from State House said President Kibaki had accepted the High Court judge's resignation.

First signs that Mr Justice Oguk was considering resigning came last Friday, with reports that he had cleared his chambers at the Nairobi Law Courts.

"President Mwai Kibaki has received and accepted the resignation of Mr Justice Samuel Oguk, as a judge of the High Court," said the statement released by the Presidential Press Service.

The judge has served the Kenyan judiciary for 27 years, 15 of them in the High Court.

Mr Justice Oguk, who is also the chairman of the National Community Service Orders Committee, was charged with fraud involving Sh520,000 [$6,500].

He has denied obtaining the money fraudulently from a former receiver-manager of Grand Regency Hotel, Mr P. Rao, and failing to honour police summons. 

But the case was halted when he challenged his prosecution in a constitutional court. 

Former Chief Justice Bernard Chunga then set up a three-judge bench to hear Mr Justice Oguk's application.  

It will be argued from March 20.

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