Magistrate resigns hours after receiving CJ Maraga's letter

Magistrate resigns after Maraga's action

Kiambu Principal Magistrate Brian Khaemba

Kiambu Principal Magistrate Brian Khaemba has opted to resign after he was suspended by Chief Justice David Maraga.

The magistrate had been suspended over the controversial decision to grant anticipatory bail to Governor Ferdinand Waititu.

Khaemba had reported to be unwell and was allowed to be away from duty thus necessitating the adjournment of all matters listed on that day.

However, the Magistrate came back from his sick leave and gave anticipatory bail to the Kiambu governor although the case had not been allocated to him.

… On that day, you went to court and handle only one matter, MISC.CR APP. No. 222 of 2019, that had not been allocated to or listed before you,” his suspension letter read.

EACC released a statement on Friday, stating that they had questioned Khaemba's interest in the matter which made him take a break from his sick off to grant anticipatory bail to Waititu.

The anti corruption agency had also asked the judiciary to investigate Khaemba and find out his 'interest' in the Waititu case.

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