President Uhuru Has Been Vindicated, Kenyans Say After Judge Admits Carrying Sh 700000 In US Dollars
Many politicians especially those in opposition accused President Uhuru's government of political witch-hunt after two judges were searched and subsequently arrested. During that time, they said that the arresting officers were wrong as nothing had been found. Today it seems the president and his government has been vindicated.
Judges Aggrey Muchelule and Said Juma Chitembwe are in serious trouble as Directorate of Criminal Investigations get a break through days after their arrest. According to a Citizen TV report, the judges were arrested on the afternoon of Thursday, July 22, on suspicion of being involved in a corruption scandal.
The arrest of the two High Court Judges, Said Juma Chitembwe and Andrew Muchelule has been condemned by the Senior Counsel Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi who has claimed that Jubilee Party under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta is so fearful of what the Judiciary as become on matters independency and what they can now do is to arrest the judges when they lose a case.
Two people have appealed to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) seeking for the sacking of former Chief Justice candidate Said Juma Chitembwe from the Judiciary. In the appeal filed on Friday, September 3, Imgard Beige and David Leboo, referred to biases in a succession case Justice Chitembwe presided at the Malindi Law Courts.The candidates said in court reports that they have sound data that the judge was influenced to dismiss the succession case they had filed and maintained the distribution of the challenged property.
There were wild protests online after news of the arrest of two High Court judges were released. Justice Said Juma Chitembwe and justice Andrew Muchelule were arrested under controversial circumstances with Kenyans raising eyebrows. The office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution has released an official statement after the arrests saying their officers were not responsible.
Yesterday, two High Court judges, Said Juma Chitembwe and Aggrey Muchelule were arrested by DCI sleuths and taken for interrogation over bribery claims. Speaking after being released by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Justice Muchelule said that he is surprised just like all Kenyans are on his arrest.
The High Court has stopped any possible swearing of Anne Kananu Mwenda as the Nairobi county governor. The judge has ruled that she should not take over until the appeal that was presented by activist Okiya Omtata is heard and determined by the Court. The ruling has dealt a huge blow to the deputy governor since it was expected that she would take over after having been holding the position in an acting capacity.
The two judges Chitembwe and Muchelule are currently in trouble after details emerge that millions of money was in their car during their arrest. According to report given by the police, Police found 57,000 US dollars in the chambers of judges Juma Chitembwe and Aggrey Muchelule during their raid last week the Director of Criminal Investigation said in court papers.
Daily Nation: Two judges arrested in cash drama Directorate of Criminal Investigation officers storm into, and ransack offices of justices Aggrey Muchelule and Juma Chitembwe before driving them to the DCI headquarters for questioning over unspecified claims. According to the publication, their lawyer said they were looking for money but they did not find them.
CORRUPTION AT THE TOP: Millions Sized From Judges Chitembwe And Muchelule Chambers, sources Indicate
PHOTO: High Court Judges Juma Chitembwe and Aggrey Muchelule. Detectives recovered Sh6.19 million (57, 000 USD) in the chambers of Judges Aggrey Muchelule and Juma Chitembwe during last week’s raid, documents submitted in court show indicated. Of the amount, Sh5.4 million (50, 000 USD) was seized from a woman who was in the chambers during the search and Sh760, 340 (7000 USD) from Justice Muchelule.
Police discovered 57,000 US dollars in the offices of judges Juma Chitembwe and Aggrey Muchelele during the strike last week, the Director of Criminal Investigation said in court papers. Photo courtesy An aggregate of $50,000 was seized from a lady in the chambers (Chamber 230) during the hunt and $7,000 was seized from Justice Muchelule, who purportedly worked with the gathering between Justice Chitembwe and people who were supposedly giving out the cash.
On a statement released on her official Twitter handle, Koome said that no formal report has been made to her as the Head of the Judiciary or the Chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission. The arrest of the two High Court Judges, Said Juma Chitembwe and Andrew Muchelule has aslo been condemned by the Senior Counsel Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi who has claimed that Jubilee Party under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta is so fearful of what the Judiciary as become on matters independency and what they can now do is to arrest the judges.
The rift between the Judiciary and the executive has taken new angle following the latest revelations over the arrest of judge Chitembwe and Muchelule. According to the DCI, the duo have been arrested over graft allegations. The DCI has defended itself over the arrest of the two judges stating that " On July 22, 2021, following allegations of corruption and abuse of an office, the DCI acting on intelligence and as guided under article 244(b) of the constitution, engaged Justice Juma Chitembwe and Muchelule to assist with investigation."
Judges Aggrey Muchelule and Juma Chitembwe were arrested last week by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation. They were accused of aiding and being involved in corruption in their service as judges. Kenyans from around the country including the Chief Justice rebuked the move terming it as infringement of the independence of the judiciary.
The morning of Friday 23rd July was a dull one for member of parliament of Mathira constituency Rigathi Gachagua and other two high court judges as the DCI detectives raided their homes. MP Gachagua was met at his Nyeri home by the detectives who conducted a search and followed with an arrest.
Former Governor of Nairobi Mike Sonko on Thursday faced another double blow after Three Judge bench of the High Court dismissed the initial appeals that challenged his impeachment by the National Assembly and the Senate. The High Court Judges led by Justices; Juma Chitembwe, Wilfrida Okwany and Weldon Korir came to a unanimous agreement that Sonko's misconduct resulted to his impeachment and that the ruling was constitutional.
The chief justice Martha Koome today issued a statement following the two high court judges: Juma Chitembwe and Aggrey Michelule. In that statement, the chief justice Martha Koome lamented that she had not received a formal report as the head of judiciary and or the chairperson of the judicial service commission on their arrest.
Chief Justice Martha Koome on Friday, July 23, issued a statement following the arrest of two High Court Judges; Said Juma Chitembwe and Aggrey Muchelule on Thursday. In the statement, Koome lamented that she had not received a formal report as the Head of Judiciary or the Chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission on their arrests.
Two high court judges were arrested by the Directorate of Criminal investigations DCI detectives on July 22 over allegations of of a 5 million shillings bribe.This happened at the Milimani Law Courts. High Court judges Juma Chitembwe (left) and Aggrey Muchelule (right) Photo courtesy The two judges Said Chitembwe abd Aggrey Muchelule were dragged away accompanied by their aides to the DCI headquarters in Kiambu for interrogations.
The high court on Thursday dismissed the two petition. One challenging the governor's impeachment and the other, contesting for the nomination of the swearing in of Kananu Mwenda as the next Nairobi deputy governor. However this is even Sonko's Lawyers declared the intention to appeal the ruling on Sonko's impeachment.