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Kenya Judicial Service Commission probes four
Supreme Court judges over alleged misconduct

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s Judicial Service Commission (JSC) said Wednesday it has received a petition seeking the removal of four Supreme Court judges alleged to have violated the constitution during a gubernatorial petition.

JSC said the petition filed by Jared Ongeri accuses four judges of violating the constitution, gross misconduct, breach of the judicial code of conduct and ethics and oath of office, arising out of the recently concluded Wajir gubernatorial petition.

"The petition was considered and the Commission directed that the same be served upon the named judges. They were given 14 days to respond to the issues raised therein," JSC said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

If the allegations are deemed serious enough, a recommendation will be made to the President Uhuru Kenyatta to form a tribunal that will test the evidence presented before coming up with a decision on whether or not a judge in questions should be removed from office.

The four judges the petitioners want removed formed the majority that upheld the election of Wajir governor Mohamed Abdi. Chief Justice David Maraga and Justice Isaac Lenaola returned separate dissenting judgments.

Meanwhile, the JSC said it was seized of 69 complaints against other judges of the superior courts as at January, adding that these complaints were considered and 13 admitted to hearing.

             

 

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