President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday gazetted the reinstatement of Supreme Court Judge Jackton Ojwang who had been suspended.
“In accordance with the recommendations of the Tribunal, the suspension of Hon. Mr. Justice (Prof.) Jackton B. Ojwang, Judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya is lifted and that Ojwang is therefore reinstated to Office, and all remunerations and benefits adjusted during the term of his suspension,” Uhuru divulged.
Uhuru ordered the reinstatement of Justice Jacktone Ojwang following the lapse of the constitutionally allowable timeline for appeal against the decision of the Tribunal.
Supreme Court judge Jacktone Ojwang’ was cleared of all four charges that led to his suspension last week. The charges included misconduct, impropriety, conflict of interest and breach of the judicial code of conduct.
President Kenyatta said that the decision to reinstate Ojwang was made since there had been no appeal against the decision of the tribunal.
The petition that landed Ojwang in trouble was filed by Nelson Onyango and eight others.
The petitioners claimed the that Supreme Court judge sat on the bench over some of the court cases, for instance, he was alleged to delivering a favourable ruling to Migori Governor, Okoth Obado, in exchange for commissioning of roadworks to his residence.
Uhuru Kenyatta formed a tribunal following recommendations by the Judicial Service Commission, (Chief Justice David Maraga) to look into the matter.
Justice Alnasir Visram was appointed by the President in a gazette notice to chair the aforementioned tribunal.
However, a team led by appeal judge Alnashir Visram which investigated his conduct absolved him of any wrongdoing after analyzing evidence from more than 15 witnesses.
The justice Visram-led tribunal handed its findings to Uhuru and recommended that he lifts the suspension imposed on Ojwang.
The team also recommended that the judge resumes work with immediate effect.