Kindiki wants tribunal formed to probe six judges rejected by Uhuru

Friday, June 4th, 2021 16:22 |
Tharaka Nithi Senator Prof Senator Kithure Kindiki. Photo/PD/File

Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki has called on the Judicial Service Commission to ask President Uhuru Kenyatta to form a tribunal to investigate the six judges rejected for promotion.

In a post on his Facebook page, the senator said the character of the judges has been tainted and cannot fully discharge their duties with confidence.

"There is no way the six judges who were humiliated by the President yesterday will enjoy the full confidence of litigants going forward. Their character has been improperly soiled and their dignity questioned," he said.

He added: "The Judicial Service Commission ought to recommend tribunals be set up by the President to either have them removed from office or to clear them and have them reinstated, promoted, and compensated for loss of reputation. This matter is not as simple as it appears."

President Kenyatta appointed 34 judges out of the 41 judges proposed by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) last year, leaving out six.

Judges George Odunga, Weldon Korir, Aggrey Muchelule, Evans Kiago, Judith Omange and Joel Ngugi were left out in a list published in a special issue of the Kenya Gazette yesterday.

Justices Ngugi and Odunga were among five judges who on May 13, 2021, declared the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), a product of the Handshake between the President and opposition leader Raila Odinga, “unconstitutional, null and void”.

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