Details of High Level meeting that happened minutes before Deputy CJ Mwilu's arrest
The Judiciary's top organ met minutes before Mwilu's arrest
The Judiciary's top organ, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) met on Tuesday morning after reports were rife that a supreme court judge was facing criminal charges.
According to The Daily Nation, JSC members met minutes before 9am at the second floor of the Supreme Court building located in Nairobi's CBD in what was likely a tense meeting amid the criminal charges reports.
Present at the meeting
Those in attendance included Chief Justice David Maraga, the Deputy Chief Justice Philemona Mwilu herself, Mercy Deche, Emily Ominde, Tom Ojienda and Justice Aggrey Muchelule.
About 30 minutes into the meeting, Mr Ojienda is reported to have rushed out of building with CJ Maraga leaving the boardroom another 45 minutes later.
The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji's official vehicles were spotted outside the Supreme Court building ahead of the meeting.
The vehicles were later gone and might have left through the back entrance by the time Mr Ojienda left the building.
DPP Haji later in the afternoon addressed the media saying how he had earlier informed CJ Maraga of his decision to grant consent for the arrest and prosecution of the Deputy Chief Justice on criminal charges.
"This decision has not been taken lightly, but it is the right decision under the law. Most of us in the office of the Public Prosecutor are indeed officers of the court and the dignity and independence of the Judiciary is dear to us. I believe that judges in a democracy such as ours must be totally free to exercise their judgment in a societal environment that supports and protects them. Indeed, the precepts and principles of the constitution must be our guide at all times," Haji said.
He added that his office had gathered enough evidence to show that Mwilu had abused her office for personal gain. ‘
“The evidence in our possession shows that DCJ Mwilu abused her office, obtained execution over security belonging to Imperial Bank which is now under receivership under false pretences, and engaged in unlawful failure to pay taxes," he stated.
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