Nairobi, KENYA:The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has been put on the spot after bribery allegations facing Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi were brought to the lime light.
A former journalist at Kass FM Geoffrey Kiplagat submitted an affidavit to Chief Justice Willy Mutunga alleging that Justice Tunoi received Ksh 202 million from Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero, to rule in his favour in an election petition filed by Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu.
Despite Justice Tunoi coming out to deny the allegations, Kenyans took to social media to express their opinions on the matter, with some questioning the integrity of the judiciary.
“Justice Tunoi should know that justice for sale is justice denied now I don’t think if Kenyans still have. Faith in courts,” tweeted Remboa Augustine.
Majority leader of Parliament Aden Duale also tweeted about the matter, saying the judiciary is full of graft.
“Nw CJ can confirm that the judiciary and Supreme in particular is full of graft,” posted Duale.
In a rejoinder, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga tweeted back to the Garissa MP, saying judiciary is not as corrupt as parliament.
“@HonAdenDuale: I can confirm that the Judiciary will never reach the graft levels achieved by Parliament.” Tweeted Dr. Mutunga.
The Judiciary through their head of Communication Naim Bilal on Tuesday promised an independent probe on the bribery allegations facing Supreme Court Judge Tunoi.
Another section of Kenyans refuted investigations on the matter by the Judiciary; citing lack of moral standards in the institution.
”JSC has no moral standing to investigate Justice Tunoi as most of the members are conflicted. Refer case to ODPP.” Posted Paul Russo on Twitter.
Despite some questioning the Judiciary’s integrity, others were of the opinion that there is a plot to tarnish the institution’s name by some politicians.
“Politics aside, there is more than what meets the eye in this Justice Tunoi’s saga.” Tweeted Ruheni Mathenge.