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How Judge Patrick Otieno’s pen temporarily suspended DCJ Mwilu from office

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A day after JSC received a petition seeking the removal of justice Chitembwe, the commission has been put on the radar on how it handled the petition that sought the removal of Justice Patrick Otieno from office. Justice Otieno, while sitting in Meru, shocked the whole world through a decision that constructively rendered Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu jobless.

Early this year , Otieno made a ruling that temporarily made DCJ Philomena Mwilu jobless putting Kenyans in an Awkward situation as the country’s legal fraternity remained in shock.

Mwilu was then acting as the chief justice as Justice David Maraga had gone home for a retirement.

“A conservatory order be and is hereby issued restraining Justice Mwilu’s continued occupation of the office of the DCJ, judge of the Supreme Court, member of the Judicial Service Commission and Judiciary Ombudsperson pending determination of the suit,”. Otieno ruled while sitting at a Meru court shocking the legal world.

The ruling received backlash from a section of Kenyans forcing a presidential hopefull Dr.Stephen Owoko to file a petition to the JSC seeking his removal from office over misconduct and integrity issues.

Now several legal minds wants the JSC to be open in a manner in which it conducts it’s hearing and the conclusions it gives at the end.

“Let the JSC listen to everything in an open and transparent manner, it needs to hear all cases against judges in a fair and transparent manner,” Said Jeremiah Wekesa.

He added, “JSC should not dismisse cases in the most opaque mannner as sometimes it fails to call or hear the petitioners,” he added.

At that time, the order was made exparte, made the situation even worse as the country had no substantial chief justice.

In the court case against Mwilu, Mr. Isiah Mbiti filed a suit against Mwilu.

The ruling led to a standstil at the supreme court to as most cases would stop due to the lack of quorum.

Most lawyers including LSK President Nelson Havi laughed of the ruling made by Otieno and rubished it.

The LSK President among other things said that the orders by Justice Otieno in Meru had no effect because the law dictates on how a judge can be removed from office.

Havi said that a judge can only be suspended by the JSC.

“First and foremost, a judge is appointed by the JSC and is only suspended by the decision of the President upon recommendation by the JSC. By that alone, a High Court judge has no powers to suspend another judge sitting before the Supreme Court,” Havi said in protest of the order.
The order was letter placed aside by a Nairobi court giving Mwilu a chance to work smart.

Mwilu later got reprieve after , the high court barred the DPP and the DCI from probing her.

Legal experts now wants the JSC to act with speed and route out corrupt judges as it is the only way of safeguarding the Judiciary

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Gideon Moi assures Baringo residents of security

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Baringo Senator Gideon Moi on Saturday sought to assure our people of Baringo of his commitment and that of the government to ensure that peace prevails in the volatile area by curbing the banditry menace after bandits were reported to have occupied the area, displacing residents from their homes.
Moi assessed the security situation in Mochongoi in Baringo County.

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Murang’a County offices destroyed by fire

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Property worth millions of shillings was today destroyed after fire burnt down a building housing several governments’ offices.

The fire affected an office block housing departments of Youth, Sports, Culture, Social services, Adult education, Women Enterprise Fund and National Council for Persons with Disabilities.

The inferno is said to have started at the office of adult education then spread to other offices before the county fire brigade responded.

Murang’a county disaster management officer, Bilha Wanjiru said they got alert and dispatched two fire engines to the scene.

“We tried to contain the fire but unfortunately we ran out of water. Our vehicles were forced to go back to our fire offices to get more water as there is no water head-drop near the offices,” added Wanjiru.

She observed that more destruction happened when the fire engines went to get more water saying in some offices there were tyres and cooking gas cylinders which prompted the fire to spread fast.

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Odinga Vows to Jail All Corrupt Leaders, warns Ruto of political tsunami

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ODM leader Raila Odinga vowed to jail leaders who stole from public coffers when elected to State House in the 2022 General Elections.

Speaking at the Thika Stadium Saturday the former Prime Minister claimed that some leaders have stolen from public coffers in the past and need to be brought to book.

Odinga opined that some of the public servants in Kenya should be in prison for the crimes they have committed against the Kenyan public.

On the other hand, Odinga has warned Deputy President William Ruto’s hustler nation movement to prepare for a political hurricane that will sweep him away in August.

Raila said his Azimio La Umoja movement which he said brings together all Kenyans will win the presidency in the August 9, General Election.

“I had predicted that it will be Tsunami but now we have a hurricane that will confuse Tangatanga,” Raila said.

‘Umekuwa kwa serikali miaka nane. Unasema eti handshake ndio imefanya kazi ikakwama. Kazi imekushinda, toka wacha Baba akuonyeshe!’ Raila further hit out at Ruto.

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