Senior Council Ahmednasir Abdullahi has defended Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu against pressure to resign over corruption charges.
Speaking during an interview with KTN News on KTN Point Blank show last night, Ahmednasir said judges can only be removed from office through a tribunal.
He further noted that it was a mistake to drag her to a magistrate’s court instead of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
“When you are a member of the Executive and you are involved in corruption, the President can either ask you to resign or fire you but the Judiciary is a constitutional body with security of tenure.”
“We don’t want people to be taken to court on flimsy grounds. We provided in the law that a judge can only be removed by a tribunal. The right procedure would have been for JSC to handle the matter and not a magistrates court,” said the lawyer.
He further weighed in the heated campaigns by lawyers in filling up a slot in the JSC, citing attempts of interference by the Executive.
Ahmednasir said the Executive has failed to influence the decision of the commission using members appointed by the President.