Justice Said Juma Chitembwe. PHOTO/COURTESY

By Sarah Omondi

A seven-member tribunal has been formed to look into High Court Judge Juma Chitembwe’s suitability to continue serving over gross misconduct claims.

The tribunal was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta shortly after suspending the Judge.

The move was prompted by recommendations by the Judicial Service Commission that the judge be removed from office over leaked videos that showed him allegedly being bribed to compromise an active court case.

The tribunal will be chaired by Court of Appeal Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi with members including High Court Judge Abida Ali Aroni and Labour Relations Court’s Judge Nzioki wa Makau.

Others are Senior Counsel Fred Ojiambo, Lawyer James Ochieng Oduol, former TSC Chair Lydia Nzomo and former Kenya Air Force Deputy Commander Lt Gen Jackson Ndung’u.

The tribunal will re-evaluate the evidence that guided the JSC decision to recommend Chitembwe’s removal from office.

Judge Chitembwe, who is the eighth judge since 2010 to be subjected to tribunal over misconduct allegations, will for the time being get half pay until he is either reinstated or sacked.

He can challenge the tribunal’s recommendations to the President at the Supreme court within 10 days of the team’s submission.

Justice Chitembwe was nearly 10 months ago arrested by DCI detectives for reportedly receiving bribe.

Reports indicated that police impounded over Sh700, 000 during the raid with the judge saying the money was to pay fees for his children abroad.

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