Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Only two judges may face Appeal
By DAVID OKWEMBAH
Only two of the 23 judges suspended
in the judiciary shake-up have yet to resign – and may have
decided to fight it out in the disciplinary tribunals.
They are Appeal Judges Philip Waki
and Moijo ole Keiwua – both of whose names appeared in the
Ringera report on corruption in the judiciary.
The two are likely to appear before
the tribunal set up to investigate appeal judges named in the
report by Mr Justice Aaron Ringera.
The Appeal Court tribunal is
chaired by retired Justice Akilano Akiwumi while the one for High
Court judges is headed by senior counsel Lee Muthoga.
Twenty-one other judges are
understood to have opted for retirement in order to receive their
benefits. Many of the judges are expected to take home an average
of between Sh5 million and Sh10 million in pension.
Resignation of all the suspended 17
High court judges leaves the Muthoga tribunal with no work.
Other Court of Appeal judges named
in the Justice Ringera report were Justice Richard Kwach, Justice
AB Shah, Justice AA Lakha and Lady Justice Effie Owuor.
The High Court judges named in the
Ringera report were Justice Daniel Aganyanya, Justice Tom Mbaluto,
Justice Msagha Mbogholi, Justice Gideon Mbito, Justice Isaac
Wambiliyangah, Justice Richard Kuloba, Justice David Rimita,
Justice Sarah Ondeyo and Justice Andrew Hayanga.
Others were Justice Alex Etyang,
Justice Vitalis Juma, Justice J. K. Mitey, Justice Kasanga Mulwa,
Justice Omondi Tunya, Justice R. M. Mutitu, Justice Roselyn
Nambuye and Justice L. P. Ouna.
The Ringera team took issue with
Justice ole Keiuwa's handling of the 1998 Goldenberg-related case
between Mr Ibrahim Nassir and Mr Kamlesh Pattni over the Kenya
Duty Free shops. Mr Keiuwa was then a high court judge.
The committee also questioned his
conduct in a civil suit where a company of which he was chairman,
Olkoimbo Ltd, was sued by Mr Livingstone Kunini Ntutu and
similarly took issue with his handling of a civil suit between
John Savage and others P.J Products.
Justice Waki was mentioned in
connection with a case involving the family of drug baron Ibrahim
Akasha, which he handled while at the High Court in Mombasa.
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