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10 things to know about Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi

Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi is facing claims of receiving a Sh200 million bribe from Nairobi governor Evans Kidero to influence the outcome of an election petition filled by rival Ferdinand Waititu.

Here are ten things to know about the soft-spoken Judge.

1. He was born on June 2, 1944. He enrolled at the University of Dar es Salaam for a Bachelor of Laws degree and graduated in 1970.

2. He pursued a post-graduate diploma in law from 1971 to 1972.

3. He was the Provincial State Counsel in Nyanza and Western regions from 1971 to 1973 before quitting to engage in private practice.

4. On May 28, 1987, he was appointed Judge at the High Court.

5. He was viewed as one of the most patient judges, allowing advocates time to argue their cases without interrupting them.

6. In 1993, he was appointed Judge at the Court of Appeal and later on June 11, 2011 was appointed in the inaugural Supreme Court.

7. He was part of the six judge bench that dismissed Raila Odinga’s election petition against Uhuru Kenyatta on March 30, 2013.

8. He graduated with a PhD in Arts – Philosophy from the University of Nairobi  in December 3, 2013.

9. He moved to court in May 2014 to challenge the 70-year retirement age which required him to vacate office in June 2014. A ruling was made against him and he subsequently filed an appeal which is yet to be determined.

10. He is the Vice President, East African Court of Justice and the former Chairman of East Africa Judges Training Committee.