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Four judges face removal after presidential vote ruling

Court of Appeal president Justice Kihara Kariuki. PHOTO | evans habil
Court of Appeal president Justice Kihara Kariuki. PHOTO | evans habil 

A complaint seeking the removal of four Court of Appeal judges has been filed before their employer, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) after setting aside a High Court ruling that had declared appointment of polls presiding officers as unlawful.

In the petition, lawyer Apollo Mboya has faulted the fact that Justice Kihara Kariuki appointed judges Erastus Githinji, Martha Koome and Fatuma Sichale to sit and issue directions on a day which had been declared as a public holiday just and hours before the repeat presidential polls were held.

Mr Mboya has specifically targeted Court of Appeal president Kariuki for setting up the bench comprising of the other three judges without seeking authorisation from Chief Justice David Maraga.

Mr Mboya pointed out that the three acted in insubordination and that they are stationed outside Nairobi.