Kenya’s Dep. Chief Justice arrested over graft
Written by: George Kalisa
Tuesday, August 28th, 2018, 2:37
Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu has been arrested today from the Supreme Court premises in the Capital Nairobi, the Director of Public Prosecutions confirmed the development at a news briefing moments after the incident.
Impeccable sources said Judge Mwilu awaits questioning by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations over corruption.
"Over the last few months there has been a concerted effort to fight corruption and economic crimes in the country that seriously deny the provision of basic necessities to the citizenry and affect development,” Noordin Haji said in the statement.
“Fight has seen several high ranking officials and entities charged with various offences including asset forfeiture & confiscation. In this regard DCI forwarded to me an investigation file relating to the Deputy CJ which I have perused and given directions,” he added.
“This afternoon, I informed Chief Justice David Maraga of my decision to grant consent for the arrest and prosecution of the Deputy Chief Justice, Lady Justice, Philomena Mbete Mwilu, on criminal charges,” said Haji.
Her arrest comes nearly after four months since Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to uproot corruption in EAC strongest economy. Uhuru, on June1, expressed his new commitment to comb his government of corruption officers during the celebration of the 55th Madaraka Day in Meru County.
“I appeal to all Kenyans to join me in the fight against corruption that we have started. Just the way we defeated colonialism, we can also defeat corruption. The same spirit of pioneering ambition has allowed this county to be one of the most successful in commerce,” Kenyatta said.
Kenyatta vowed to have people that have stolen public funds jailed “I want officials who are directly involved in corruption to have no place in my government and to go where they belong”.
“The Director of Public Prosecutions, the Police, and other institutions in the multi-agency team against corruption are on the move. They are making decisive steps to build strong cases for the prosecution of corrupt officials,” added Kenyatta.
The Kenyan President on many occasions had expressed fears that corruption was a major threat to the future of Kenya, a vice that might take its toll on the posterity if it’s not eliminated, “We must, with a sense of great urgency, destroy and eliminate corruption in this country before it fully destroys us and the future of our children”.
Kenyatta won a repeat election in October 2017 to start his second and last term. Uhuru’s Jubilee Party led government has repeatedly faced scathing criticism from mainly the opposition for failure to eliminate corruption.
Judge Mwilu is the third top government official to be arrest over corruption in nearly two weeks. Early August two senior government officials were arrested over $3 billion.