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State House not sincere on Tunoi petition, JSC claims

The Judicial Service Commission now says it has submitted all the required documents to State House to enable President Uhuru Kenyatta form a tribunal to investigate the bribery allegations against Supreme Court judge, Justice Philip Tunoi.

In a statement to newsrooms, Dr Naim Bilal, Judiciary’s director of public affairs and communication said the petition was submitted alongside supporting documents calling on the head of state to establish a tribunal to probe the judge on claims that he received Sh200 million ($2 million) to rule in favour of Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero in the election petition.

“We state for the record that the Commission sent the following documents to the Head of State on February 9, 2016, which were duly received and signed for at the Office of the President,” read the statement in part.

FORMATION OF TRIBUNAL

State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu was quoted in the Daily Nation saying that the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) failed to attach the investigation files while handing over its report to the President in which it suggested formation of the tribunal.

This omission had made it difficult for President Kenyatta to appoint the tribunal, he added.

But JSC now says it sent all the required documents to the head of state which include a transmittal letter, the petition and the “report of the findings of the commission on the allegations of bribery against Justice Philip Tunoi”.

“JSC reiterates that it fully satisfied the provisions of Article 168 (4) of the Constitution on the content and procedure of such a petition to the President. Importantly, this is not the first petition of this nature that the JSC has processed. Further, JSC has neither received any communication from the Head of State on the matter nor a request for additional information.”