NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan police on Tuesday
arrested Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu over
was picked up at the Supreme Court by detectives
from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI)
over alleged transactions involving the collapsed
of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji later told
journalists that Mwilu who was taken to DCI
headquarters for questioning abused her office for
personal gain and received a bribe.
evidence in our possession, reveals that Lady
Justice Mwilu abused her office for personal gain;
accepted a gift in the form of money in
circumstances which undermined public confidence in
the integrity of her office,” Haji said.
the Supreme Court judge obtained execution of a
security belonging to Imperial Bank Limited now in
receivership by false pretense, conducted herself in
disregard of the law and unlawfully failed to pay
of the above, I have concluded that the evidence is
sufficient with a reasonable prospect of conviction
and it is in the public interest that criminal
proceedings should be preferred,” said Haji.
close to investigations say they have firm evidence
in the investigation that could see charges filed in
court at any time.
director of public prosecution said Kenya is being
torn apart by people who have been placed in
positions of trust and who in turn abuse this trust.
message that the President, the Chief Justice and
other leaders have been sending is that this chaotic
system needs to come to an end for the sake of our
people,” he said and vowed to enhance the fight
against corruption to the end.
public officers in positions of service must not
only submit to the constitutional precepts of
integrity, “they must exercise wisdom, demonstrate
good judgment and lead by the power of their
that after the DCI forwarded a file relating to
Mwilu, he quickly informed the Chief Justice David
Maraga of his decision.
was out of respect for him and he went ahead and
granted consent for the arrest and prosecution,” he
said. Haji said criminal proceedings would be
preferred on Mwilu adding that the decision was not
the right decision under the law. I believe that
judges in a democracy such as ours must be free and
fair in everything that they do,” said Haji.
said the justice system only works if lawyers,
prosecutors, magistrates and judges are fair and
can be no justice if lawyers, prosecutors,
magistrates, judges and investigators (who are court
officials) use their position to enrich themselves
at the expense of the Kenyan people,” he added.