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Daily Nation : February 1st 2014
8 | National News PROBE | More than 215 yet to be scrutinised Big cash deposits cost five magistrates jobs 11 get the green light to continue serving as board raises the alarm BY VINCENT ACHUKA @achukavincent firstname.lastname@example.org serving in the Judiciary in the ongoing vetting. The five out of the 16 F vetted were found guilty of engaging in a raft of malpractices including corruption, incompetence and conflict of interest. Their sacking brings to 25 the number of magistrates sacked so far by the vettingboard. A total of 154 officers have so far been vetted. Speaking to the media in Nairobi yesterday, vetting board chairman Sharad Rao raised the alarm over the number of incompetent judicial officers and lack of internal independence when hearing and deter- ive magistrates were yesterday declared unfit to continue mining cases. He also said that some of the magistrates and judges had poor oral and writing skills and that their “understanding of the law was wanting.” “Several magistrates are DETAILS Graft among key reasons Wang’uru Teresa Mwangi: Depositing cash she could not account for and incompetence. Makindu’s Michael Kizito: Failed to make full disclosure of income and liability. Embu’s Robinson Onyonyi: Misusing staff and unexplained deposits Kericho’s Wilson Nkunja: Met some parties in a case. Narok’s Celesa Okore: Could not comprehend law nor research. holding positions in an acting capacity and it would seem that the ‘acting’ positions were fast-tracked. Some were promoted within three months of their previous promotion and thus lack the competency to hold these positions,” said Mr Rao. Apart from lack of com- petency, the board noted an increase in the number of magistrates who used their positions to misuse and harass staff working under them. More to go “A magistrate must act in a manner that upholds the image and dignity of the court and must refrain from any acts that may lead to perception of bias on his part,” noted Mr Rao. This is the 10th announce- ment by the board since it began vetting on February 2011. It still has 215 magistrates and two judges to vet. www.nation.co.ke/judiciary TO WATCH THE VIDEO GO TO: CHARLES WANYORO | NATION A man walks past the wreckage of a vehicle belonging to Imenti South MP Kathuri Murungi, who was involved in an accident at Mufu in Embu East District yesterday. Mr Murungi’s vehicle collided with a saloon car and rolled several times landing in a 30-metre gorge. The MP was injured. CRASH |MP injured in accident SATURDAY NATION February 1, 2014 Mutunga struck off labour case BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has been struck off from a case in which 10 Judiciary employees had sued him over their redeployment and salary cuts. Lady Justice Linnet Ndolo ruled yesterday that all actions taken by the CJ were taken in his capacity solely as the chairman of the Judicial Service Commission. Justice Ndolo defended Dr Mu- tunga saying that it did not matter whether his decision was right or wrong in the suit filed by the staff, who worked under former Chief Registrar Gladys Boss Shollei ,against the JSC. “Without determining the appropriateness of the specific actions taken by the CJ and the Chief Registrar, all the actions taken by Dr Mutunga were taken in his capacity as chairperson of JSC and not any other, I therefore find no legal basis for joiner of the Dr Mutunga in this case,” ruled the Industrial Court judge. The employees, through lawyer Bonface Muumbi, had argued that certain actions taken by Dr Mutunga did not come from the JSC like interfering with an approval of their initial appointments. The hearing continues on March 19.
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