Magistrate Who Freed Waititu Lands Job After Suspension

  • Chief Justice David Maraga (Left) and Magistrate Bryan Khaemba. The latter resigned on June 14, 2019 after being suspended by the CJ. Facebook
  • A magistrate who was suspended by Chief Justice David Maraga for granting Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu anticipatory bail has landed another job as a lawyer.

    K24 Digital reported that the magistrate Brian Khaemba, who granted Waititu bail while on sick leave, was now working at Dunstan Omari, Musyoki Mogaka & Co. Advocates.

    The publication further reported that Khaemba was representing Jane Mugo, a private investigator in a case where she sought protection over reported death threats.

    Former Kiambu Principal Magistrate Brian Khaemba
    Former Kiambu Principal Magistrate Brian Khaemba and his co-counsel Dunstan Omari on Wednesday, October 23. Photo: K24 Digital

    “Our client’s life is in danger as she is afraid of the investigators in the case by the way they are treating her. We urge for the court’s protection as we intend to reveal the context of the threats,” the court heard.

    Khaemba, on June 14, 2019, resigned hours after being suspended indefinitely by the Chief Justice.

    Khaemba denied any wrongdoing and gave reasons for his resignation.

    "Having reflected on the consequences of the suspension letter, especially on the aspect of nil salary and the fact that this process has no definite timelines, I have separately tendered my resignation letter to enable me to engage in other income-generating activities," Khaemba stated in his letter.

    In late May, the magistrate controversially awarded the embattled Governor Ferdinand Waititu, together with his finance chief officer Faith Njeri, Ksh500,000 cash bail.

    Chief Justice David Maraga speaking to Bungoma leaders on September 22, 2019
    Chief Justice David Maraga speaking to Bungoma leaders on September 22, 2019.