(Xinhua) -- Kenyan President
Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday evening formed a seven-member
tribunal to probe the conduct of Supreme Court judge
In a Special Gazette notice
seen on Wednesday, Kenyatta said that the judge stands
suspended pending the outcome of the tribunal.
The tribunal will be chaired by Justice Alnashir
Visram and will have six other members.
"With the formation of the tribunal, the Judge stands
suspended from exercising the functions of his office
according to Article 168 (5) of the Constitution,"
Kenyatta said in the notice.
He mandated the tribunal to prepare and submit a
report and its recommendation to him expeditiously.
The probe will include allegations contained in the
petition by the Judicial Service Commission of Kenya
filed by Nelson Oduor Onyango and eight others regarding
the conduct of Justice Ojwang.
The tribunal has been appointed following
recommendations of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
The judge will remain in office if found not guilty and
removed if found guilty.
According to JSC, the petition detailed instances
which the petitioners believed constituted grounds of
misconduct, impropriety, conflict of interest and breach
of judicial code of conduct on the part of the Judge.
JSC had said Justice Ojwang refused to attend a
hearing where he would have been accorded an opportunity
to defend himself.
"Upon presentation of the report by the JSC
committee, the full commission deliberated on the same
at great length and found that the petition had
disclosed sufficient grounds to warrant a recommendation
to the President to set up a tribunal for removal of
Justice Jacktone Ojwang, and accordingly adopted it,"
Chief Justice David Maraga said on March 13.