DCI SAYS KSH6 MILLION RECOVERED FROM ARRESTED JUDGES’ CHAMBERS

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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has announced the recovery of Kshs. 6.2 Million from Justice Aggrey Muchelule’s and Justice Said Chitembwe chambers at the Milimani Law Courts.

In an affidavit filed in court DCI Chief Inspector Felix Banzi said $50,000 (Ksh5.4 million) was recovered from an unidentified woman in Justice Muchelule’s chambers and a further $7,000 (760,200) from Justice Chitembwe, totaling to Ksh6.2 million.

Lawyer Danstan Omari appeared in court on behalf of the Kenya Judges and Magistrates Association (KMJA), and obtained orders stopping the State from re-arresting and prosecuting the judges over corruption.

However, the DCI has denied arresting the judges. Chief Inspector Banzi said that the two High Court Judges had not been arrested but had only been requested to accompany detectives to DCI headquarters for purposes of recording statements to assist in investigations.

He further revealed that police had received a complaint that some brokers had approached select judges with a view of obtaining favourable judgements. They then proceeded to the chambers where they recovered the money.

Banzi, who wants the courts to dismiss the case filed by KMJA, argued that police couldn’t obtain a search warrant due to the short notice from their informers.

The arrest of justices Chitembwe and Muchelule has seen KMJA reiterate its accusation of state interference with the independence of the Judiciary.it had previously taken issue with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s refusal, in June this year, to gazette six judges from a list of 24, following adverse reports about them.

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