Archive 2003


Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Only two judges may face Appeal tribunal


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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