Plan to Force Out 2 Supreme Court Judges Out of Office Announced
A civil society group has announced plans to demonstrate and force out Justice Isaac Lenaola and Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu from office over allegations that they secretly met Opposition lawyers during the Presidential petition.
In a letter to the Inspector General, the Civil Society Development Group (CSDG) noted that they will hold protests from Tuesday outside the Supreme Court to push for the resignation of the two judges.
"Take note that our actions will be aggressive and peaceful, assertive and honorable oriented towards ensuring both Judges do not access and do not discharge their mandate at the Supreme Court of Kenya until their case is heard and determined by the Judicial Service Commission.
"We, therefore, request you to provide all the necessary facilitation, access and security to allow us to discharge our constitutional rights of action against persons and activities odious to the integrity of the Judiciary," the letter read in part.
The move to call for demonstrations comes just a few days after damning revelations emerged alleging that the two judges were in secret communication with NASA lawyers during the Presidential election petition hearing.
Derrick Malika Ngumu, who is the Executive Director of Angaza Empowerment Network, filed two petitions with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) accusing the two Justices of gross misconduct with evidence of phone records and also having met lawyers for the petitioner.
In the petition, the Deputy Chief Justice is accused of having had telephone conversations and meetings with the petitioner's lead counsel James Orengo, Senators Amos Wako and Moses Wetangula who were all directly linked to the case.
"The DCJ had a meeting and a lengthy conversation with Wako on August 17, 2017. The meeting lasted for over two hours and focused primarily on the case NASA was to file before the Supreme Court on August 18, 2017," the petition read in part.
On his part, Justice Lenaola is accused of having had interactions outside the courtroom with the legal representative of the LSK Steve Mwenesi.
"Supreme Court Judge Lenaola had communication and interactions with Steve Mwenesi outside the precincts of the court while the hearing of the petition at the Supreme Court was ongoing," the petition states.
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