Green bill of health: President reinstates Ojwang’ to Bench

Friday, August 16th, 2019 00:00 |
Tribunal acquits Justice Ojwang' of impropriety claims.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has upheld a decision made by the tribunal established to investigate the conduct of Justice Jackton Ojwang’ that he has no case to answer.

The President had on August 4, received a report containing the findings that cleared Justice Ojwang’, citing insufficient evidence to warrant his removal.

And yesterday, through Gazette Notice No. 7261 of 2019, Uhuru validated the findings.

Reinstated to office

“Having considered the report, I do hereby determine that in accordance with the recommendations of the Tribunal, the suspension of Justice Jackton B. Ojwang is hereby lifted,” the President said in a notice released last evening.

Uhuru also ordered that Ojwang be reinstated to office, and all remunerations and benefits adjusted during the term of his suspension on the basis of Article 168 (6) of the Constitution shall accrue to the judge immediately.

While making the decision Uhuru considered the Tribunal’s recommendations saying they were binding pursuant to Article 168(9) of the Constitution. 

Reinstated to office

“The unanimous verdict is that  Justice Ojwang’ is innocent of all the allegations made against him and that he should resume his duties immediately,” chairman of the Tribunal Justice Alnashir Visram said as his team presented their report to the President.

The investigation into the conduct of Justice Ojwang was initiated in response to a request by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) made on March 19 and was triggered by a petition made by Nelson Oduor and eight others in which varied allegations of misconduct, incompetence, and breach of the judicial code of conduct were made against the judge.

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