Magistrate Who Gave Waititu Bail in Hot Soup as it Emerges He acted While on Leave

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has written to the Judicial Service Commission calling for investigation into the conduct of  Kiambu Principal Magistrate Brian Khaemba.

EACC chief executive Twalib Mbarak took issues with the circumstances under which Khaemba issued embattled Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and a county government employee Faith Njeri Harrison with anticipatory bail of Sh500, 000 on Thursday last week.

Khaemba issued Waititu the bail after he was detained by detectives for allegedly irregularly awarding tenders worth Sh588 million to companies associated with him and his immediate family members.

Mbarak said Khaemba was on sick off raising questions why he only appeared in court to hear the matter only. 

“The commission has received credible information that the said Brian Khaemba was on sick off  on May 23 and he only appeared in court to hear the application, thereafter, he left the station to continue with his off duty,” he said.

The anti-graft agency boss claims the magistrate could be having interest in the matter, as there were other judicial officers who would have handled the matter as well.

Mbarak has also declared that no preferential treatment will be accorded to graft suspects. Reacting  to governor’s request to be handled respectfully during arrests, Twalib said criminal suspects will be treated with no preferential treatment.

“To us, there is nothing like special treatment, we will come for you with whatever vehicle we have,” he said 

On Tuesday, the Council of Governors (CoG) through their chair Wycliffe Oparanya expressed concern  over  the manner in which Kiambu Governor was arrested last week.

According to Oparanya, it is unfair for EACC to conduct dramatic arrests to some of  the top dignitaries in presence of cameras.

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