“There Can be No Justice if Lawyers Misuse Their Positions” DPP’s Statement on the Arrest of Philomena Mwilu

Noordin Haji

The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has said that there can be no justice in the country if judicial officials use their positions to to enrich themselves at the expense of Mwananchi.

“There can be no justice if lawyers, prosecutors, magistrates, judges and investigators (who are court officials) use their position to enrich themselves at the expense of the Kenyan people”

While addressing the media after the arrest of Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Mr. Haji said the decision to arrest one of the second senior most Judicial official was not easy but it was the right call.

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“This decision has not been taken lightly, but it is the right decision under the law. Most of us in the office of the Public Prosecutor are indeed officers of the court and the dignity and independence of the Judiciary is dear to us”

He said he granted the permission for the arrest and prosecution of DCJ on criminal charges and misuse of office after going through a file handed to him from the Director of criminal investigation.

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Justice Philomena Mwilu was arrested on Tuesday afternoon and will face three charges.

“1. Lady Justice Mwilu abused her office for personal gain. 2. Accepted a gift in the form of money in circumstances which undermined public confidence in the integrity of her office. 3. Conducted herself in disregard of the law.” The DPP said in his official statement.

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