KENYAN SUPREME COURT JUDGE QUESTIONED OVER BRIBERY ALLEGATIONS

By Eric Biegon and Franco Kundu

NAIROBI,Embattled Kenyan Supreme Court judge Justice Philip Tunoi has been questioned by a special committee of the Judicial Service Commission investigating bribery allegations against him.

The six-member committee, chaired by Professor Margaret Kobia, disclosed here Monday that it grilled Justice Tunoi based on documents linking him to the allegations, but called on persons who could be having more information on the matter to channel it to the committee.

Justice Tunoi has been accused of receiving 200 million shillings (about 1.96 million US dollars) to deliver a favourable judgment in the Supreme Court election petition pitting Kabete Member of Parliament Ferdinand Waititu against Nairobi County Governor Evans Kidero.

Justice Tunoi has denied the allegations saying he has never met his accuser, former radio journalist Geoffrey Kiplagat who claimed to have acted as a proxy.

Complainant Kiplagat was also questioned for the better part of the day by the committee.

The judge is being represented by several top lawyers, including senior counsel Fred Ngatia and Pheroze Nowrejee

Prof Kobia disclosed that the committee had been scrutinizing materials availed to it regarding the matter. “The committee has been reviewing key documents that are central to this inquiry and talking to various persons on the same,” she said.

“The committee has had a session with a complainant, Geoffrey Kiplagat, and Hon. Philip Tunoi who has been adversely mentioned in the alleged case of bribery.”

Kobia said her committee may still require more evidence before it concludes its work on Wednesday. “The committee will take evidence of other persons who we believe may have information that may assist the committee reach an informed decision”, she said.

Source: KBC