On August 28, 2018, the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI), George Kinoti confronted CJ Maraga.
Reports from a new book, 60 Days of Independence, Kenya’s Judiciary through three presidential elections petitions published by told a tale of simmering tensions at the Supreme Court.
DCI Kinoti was on a mission to arrest Deputy Chief Justice, Philomena Mwilu, and Maraga’s stalling tactics finally got to his very last nerve.
“Who do you think you are?” Kinoti allegedly yelled out at CJ Maraga, following what was described as a daylong standoff between the two warring factions at Maraga’s boardroom.
On his part, the CJ argued that the Judicial Service Commission was the only authority mandated to investigate the various allegations laid against his deputy which included corruption, abuse of office and tax evasion.
However, the enraged Kinoti was adamant that he was going to leave the Supreme Court offices with Mwilu one way or the other.
It was at this point that the deputy CJ surrendered herself to Kinoti’s officers in order to avoid any further escalation of the situation which was already getting out of hand.
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Mwilu’s lawyers had stated that their client was singled out for torment following her stance leading up to the nullification of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory on August 31, 2017.
The book went on to reveal that the judges who had voted in favor of nullifying the election results were immediately marked for persecution, as State House had been secretly receiving live updates of their closed-door vote at Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Their historic ruling had dire consequences with Uhuru referring to them as wakora, loosely translated to mean crooks and CJ Maraga’s calls for extra protection going unanswered.
The damning new book was reportedly co-authored by the International Commission of Jurists, comprised of senior judges, lawyers and the Journalists For Justice.