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Civil society plans demos to force Lenaola, Mwilu out of office


Civil society groups have planned to demonstrate outside the Supreme Court from next week to push for the resignation of Justice Isaac Lenaola and Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu.

A Kenyan, Derrick Ngumu, last week filed petitions at the Judicial Service Commission against the two judges accusing them of gross misconduct.

Ngumu, the Executive Director of Angaza Empowerment Network, claimed in the petition the duo was in secret communication with lawyers and emissaries representing NASA during the hearing of the presidential petition.

The law prohibits a judge from hearing and determining a case in which he has been in contact with a litigant as this amounts to conflict of interest.

A Judge who has been in contact with a litigant is required to either disqualify himself from the case or make the revelation to the court prior to the commencement of proceedings.

Mwilu and Lenaola did none of the above before sitting on a seven-judge bench to hear the presidential petition.

The Supreme Court on September 1 ruled in favour of Raila Odinga and nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win at the August 8 polls.

Lenaola and Mwilu were part of the four judges who ruled in favour while Justices Njoki Ndung’u and Jackton Ojwang’ dissented.

Chief Justice David Maraga and Justice Smokin Wanjala were the other two who ruled in favour.

The Civil Society Development Group (CSDG) has written to the Inspector General of police notifying him of their intention to hold the protests from Tuesday.

They say they will picket and demonstrate outside the Supreme Court to force Lenaola and Mwilu to step aside to pave way for the JSC to investigate them.

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