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High Court Judges Aggrey Mchelule and Said Chitembwe Arrested

Aggrey Mchelule
Justice Aggrey Mchelule. [PHOTO/ COURTESY]

High Court Judges Aggrey Mchelule and Said Chitembwe have been arrested.

Kahawa Tungu is informed that Justice Mchelule was arrested in the company of other people and taken to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters for processing.

The two judges were accused of receiving bribes for various cases they previously handled.

Also quizzed were their drivers and clerks before they were released at about 5pm on Thursday.

In a statement on Thursday, the director of public prosecutions Noordin Haji said he was not aware of the reason leading to their arrests and questioning, and that his office had not received any files concerning them.

“Contrary to reports by one Eric Theuri, purportedly speaking for LSK blaming the DPP for the arrest, the DPP is not aware of circumstances which led to arrest or questioning of 2 Judges,” Haji said.

Mchelule is among President Uhuru Kenyatta’s “Rejected Six”, who were denied promotions due to “integrity issues”, according to the Head of State.

President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed 34 judges out of 41 who were recommended by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for appointment, citing intelligence reports indicting them on a number of issues which he did not disclose.

Among those who were left out by the President alongside Mchelule include  Weldon Korir, George Odunga, Prof Joel Ngugi, Mombasa chief Magistrate Charles Kinango and High Court Registrar Judy Omange.

In June, Chief Justice Martha Koome appointed Justices Justice James Wakiaga, George Nduru, and William Musyoka to hear and determine two petitions challenging the decision of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s refusal to appoint six judges.

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Written by Francis Muli

Follow me on Twitter @francismuli_. Email francis@kahawatungu.com

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