- Judge calls allegation of $2 million bribe 'false' and 'evil'
- Investigating committee scheduled to report findings Wednesday
Kenyan Supreme Court Judge Justice Philip Tunoi denied he received a $2 million bribe to influence a ruling in a dispute over the election of the governor of Nairobi county.
The Judicial Service Commission that oversees the judiciary last week appointed a special committee to investigate the allegation, which is contained in an affidavit sworn in November 2014. The committee is scheduled to report its findings on Wednesday.
The judge is accused of receiving payment to ensure that Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero received a “favorable outcome” when his election in 2013 was challenged by a rival candidate in the High Court, according to an affidavit by Tunoi published in the Daily Nation newspaper on Tuesday. The Supreme Court upheld Kidero’s election in an August 2014 ruling after his victory was challenged by Ferdinand Waititu, a rival politician.
“At no time did I ever conspire and/or agree to assist Mr. Evans Kidero in his appeal,” Tunoi said. The allegation that Tunoi received $2 million is “false, evil and capricious,” he said. Kidero denied any involvement in the matter in comments broadcast on Nairobi-based Nation TV on Jan. 31.
Kenyan Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has sought to eliminate graft in the judiciary by taking measures including disciplinary action against officers and asking the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to conduct lifestyle audits for judges, magistrates and other staff. Kenya, sub-Saharan Africa’s fourth-biggest economy, ranks among the world’s 30 most corrupt countries, according to Transparency International, the Berlin-based advocacy group.