How Detectives Raided Judges Muchelule and Chitembwe Offices Before Arresting Them

KEY POINTS

  • High Court Judges Aggrey Muchelule and Said Juma Chitembwe were on Thursday afternoon arrested by hawk eyed detectives in their offices.
  • Judges Muchelule and Juma Chitembwe were nabbed by the officers on allegations that they were involved in corruption scandals.
  • They were taken to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters along Kiambu Road.

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High Court Judges Aggrey Muchelule and Said Juma Chitembwe were on Thursday afternoon arrested by hawk eyed detectives in their offices.

Judges Muchelule and Juma Chitembwe were nabbed by the officers on allegations that they were involved in corruption scandals.

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The two distinguished judges were then questioned by the detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) for almost two hours prior to being set free.

Apparently, judge Muchelule and judge Chitembwe were accused of taking bribes on a number of occasions when they were handling certain cases.

The detectives raided their offices and arrested them before they were taken to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters along Kiambu Road.

“They were arrested by the Battery of waiting police officers. They driven back to the chambers of Justice Muchelule and were told that there has been an exchange of money and that money was within his (Muchelule’s chambers)

“A search was conducted. Not even a coin was found within the chambers of Muchelule,” said lawyer Danstan Omar.

Shockingly, the two were arrested together with their secretaries and drivers with one of the judges accused of pocketing a bribe of 5 million Kenya shillings in a case which was to be decided on Thursday, July 22.

At the same time, the other judge was accused of accepting a bribe in the form of a piece of land linked to a case he ruled.

However, judges Muchelule and Chitembwe while speaking outside the DCI offices swore to fight the allegations to the end.

These two judges were amongst the six who were supposed to be promoted to the Appeal court by president Uhuru Kenyatta earlier this year (June).

The head of state raised integrity issues with the six judges as reportedly advised by the committee which was set to look into their conduct.

In the meantime, President Uhuru Kenyatta was criticized by a number of stakeholders within the judiciary for failing to appoint them. Two  petitions have so far been filed to challenge Mr. Kenyatta’s move.

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