President Uhuru Kenyatta has suspended High Court Judge Said Chitembwe and at the same time formed a tribunal to investigate his alleged misconduct.
The move follows a recommendation by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) which recommended the Judge’s ouster.
JSC had said there were sufficient grounds to show that Judge Chitembwe engaged in allegations of gross misconduct which erode the faith of Kenyans in the fair administration of justice.
Justice Mumbi Ngugi will chair the tribunal with Jasper Mbiuki and Sarah Yamo assuming the role of joint secretaries.
On November 22, 2021, the JSC initiated proceedings against Chitembwe after former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko released video clips, social media posts and cell phone recordings implicating the judge in corruption.
Chitembwe has, however, dismissed the allegations.
Two other petitioners had also filed petitions seeking removal of the Judge from office over bribery and abuse of office claims.