In what is expected to not only cast doubt on the impartiality of the bench that presided over the case concerning the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 popularly known as the BBI, but also sow suspicion on the conduct of the Judiciary, a top member of the tanga tanga wing of Jubilee has now come out to reveal what may potentially be damning allegations about two of the judges involved in the case.
The Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen, who also happens to be the immediate former Senate Majority Leader was speaking when he made an appearance on Citizen TV’s weekly show Jeff Koinange Live, which was hosted by Jeff Koinange.
While speaking on the BBI case, Hon. Murkomen disclosed that not only was Jugde Kairu a personal friend of his, but in fact, also his former teacher. Not stopping there, he went ahead to also inform Jeff and the viewers that a second judge from the bench that presided over the BBI case, Judge Kiage, is also another one of his friends.
While the ruling of the Court of Appeal on the BBI case has largely been accepted, this has been done begrudgingly, with undertones of accusations staining the welcoming of the ruling. Most of the Court’s critics have accused it of activism, but Murkomen’s latest revelations may birth accusations of bias and favoritism as well.
It should be noted that both judges Kiage and Kairu have quite impressive resumes.
Justice Patrick Omwenga Kiage was appointed Judge of the Court of Appeal in 2012, and earlier this year, Presiding Judge, Court of Appeal, Kisumu.
Since 2015, he has served as Regional Vice President for East, Central and Southern Africa on Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association Council. From 2007- 2012 he was a Lecturer in Law at Catholic University of Eastern Africa ad Kenya School of Law and is the author of Books: Criminal Procedure and Practice in Kenya and Family Law in Kenya.
He also has over 10 years practice as a criminal defence lawyer.
Justice Gatembu Kairu, was appointed Judge of the Court of Appeal in 2012 too. Between 2009 and 2012, he was the proprietor of Arbitration and Mediation Suite. From 1990 to 2012, he lectured at the School of Law, University of Nairobi.
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