Kenya: Uhuru Kenyatta Appoints Tribunal to Probe Justice Tunoi

By Peter Leftie

President Uhuru Kenyatta has suspended Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi and formed a seven-member tribunal to investigate Sh200 million bribery claims against him.

State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu posted on his Twitter account on Tuesday that the President has appointed the chairman of Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board Sharad Rao to head the tribunal.

Other members appointed to the tribunal are Judge Roselyn Korir, retired Judge Justice Jonathan Havelock, Ms Judith Guserwa, Mr James Kaberere Gachoka, Mr Abdirashid Abdullahi Hussein and Mr George Munji Wakukha.

Mr Esipisu stated that the tribunal will investigate the conduct of Justice Tunoi.

President Kenyatta is in Israel on a three-day State visit.

President Kenyatta had earlier rejected recommendations by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to appoint the tribunal stating that it will create a constitutional crisis.

The move triggered outrage with lawyers warning it could lead to his impeachment.

Source: Africa Focus