Green Smokescreen Judge feels the Heat
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
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.
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
It will be argued from
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