President Uhuru Suspenses Top Judge Over Alleged Corruption


President Uhuru Kenyatta has suspended a Supreme Court judge, Justice Philip Tunoi, who is at the centre of a $2m (£1.5m) corruption scandal, following the defiant demand by lawyers to form a tribunal.

The president has also created a seven-member tribunal to investigate claims that Justice Philip Tunoi was bribed to influence an election petition case against the current Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.

Lawyers yesterday mandated the president to set up the tribunal that will further look into Justice Tunoi’s case and decide on it once and for all.

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They told him to create the tribunal within 24-hours and make its members legally known to the overall public by today.

Philip Tunoi, who allegedly collected a Sh200m bribe from Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero to rule a case in favour of him, has denied any involvement in any corrupt act.

The governor also denied the accusations that were first made by a former journalist, who claims to have been a negotiator in the scandal.

The bribery allegations have hugely tainted the reputation of the Supreme Court and the judiciary as a whole which has long faced criticisms of being corrupt.

So far, new developments keep emerging, making current investigations even more controversial.

Earlier, Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi made a shocking revelations when he wrote on his Twitter timeline that the original amount of money involved in Supreme Court bribery saga was false. He claimed that the actual sum involved was Sh300 million and not Sh200 million as alleged earlier. He also explained how the money was disbursed, noting that Sh200 million was for 4 judges while two were paid individually