JSC dismisses objection filed by judge Said Chitembwe challenging petition for his removal
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has dismissed a preliminary objection that had been filed by High Court judge Juma Chitembwe seeking to block the hearing of a petition pushing for his sacking.
Chitembwe had raised an objection to the videos and recordings that have been filed by former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko as evidence against him before the JSC.
The commission in its decision said that the objection does not raise pure points of law and that the admissibility of the audio and video recordings will be determined at the hearing of the petition.
The matter will be mentioned on 28th of this month.
Meanwhile, four petitioners have filed a complaint with the office of Chief Justice Martha Koome regarding a petition filed at JSC seeking removal from office of justice Chitembwe.
Four petitions were filed by former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, Francis Wambua, Imgrad Geige and David Leboo Ole Kilusu seeking removal of the Judge in office.
The four cite impropriety by the Commission regarding the handling of the petitions.
In December last year, the High Court declined to grant orders sought by judge Said Chitembwe to stop the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) from hearing a petition seeking to have him removed from office.
Justice Ong’undi noted that the application by Chitembwe is based on an allegation that he was not given sufficient time to respond to accusations levelled against him.
"That to me is an issue that JSC is able to deal with. I have therefore not been shown any violation of the law to make this court grant the prayers sought by the petitioner at this point,” the court ruled.