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Justices Chitembwe and Muchelule's Lawyer Ombeta Raises Serious Questions, Terms Arrest As Malice

Several lawyers, civil society groups and Kenyans have joined forces to condemn the controversial arrest of judges Aggrey Muchelule and Said Juma Chitembwe by officials of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

Lawyer Cliff Ombeta, who will be representing them in court pending determination of the High Court ruling barring DCI and DPP to arrest the two has raised serious fundamental questions regarding their arrest. According to a video that was shared by Nation Media group, Ombeta said that the two Judges were denied their fundamental constitutional rights for being denied advocates.

Ombeta says that their arrest did not follow the due procedure of arresting a judge, which according to him should begin by notifying the Judicial Service Commission and the judges bosses.

"The DCI wakes up one morning, arrests a judge without telling them who their accusers are, who their complainants are and which case they are talking about. What amount of money are we talking about? Who brought the money? Who issued the money?," Ombeta questioned.

Accordingly, lawyer Cliff Ombeta says the arrest of the two High Court judges was malice. The safety of judges has also been put to question by Ombeta saying if someone can go to a judge's office and arrest him, then no one is safe in Kenya.

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