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Saturday, January 30, 2021 – Acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu’s short stint in office has come to an abrupt end.

This is after she was barred from sitting as a Supreme Court judge effectively barring her from acting as the Chief Justice. 

According to a ruling by High Court Judge PJ Otieno yesterday, Mwilu was barred from becoming a member of the Supreme Court, member of JSC and ombudsman of the Judiciary.

The law requires that anyone occupying the office of the CJ should be a member of the Supreme Court. The ruling, therefore, cuts short her stint as head of the Judiciary in an acting capacity unless she successfully appeals.

“That a conservatory order be and is hereby issued against the respondent restraining her continued occupation of the offices of Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya, Judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya, Member of the Judicial Service Commission and Ombudsman of the Judiciary pending the hearing and determination of this application,” the ruling read in part.

The application certified as urgent was filed by Isaiah Mwongela who accused Mwilu of abuse of office. 

She was accused of improperly benefiting from a Ksh12 million loan from collapsed Imperial Bank. 

Law Society President Nelson Havi, who is also her lawyer, objected to the move.

 “A judge cannot issue an injunction restraining another Judge from acting.”

“Besides, Justice Mrima dismissed a similar case.”

“Only two explanations for this; deep state has a lot of dirt on Justice PJ Otieno and has banked a post-dated cheque given to it or the order is a fraud,” he tweeted. 

Activist Okiya Omtatah had also gone to court seeking to bar Mwilu from becoming the acting CJ.

The Kenyan DAILY POST

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