Petition Filed Seeking the Removal of Justice Mrima

DCI Boss George Kinoti [Photo: People Daily]

A petition by one Michael Mutembei has been filed before the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) seeking the removal of High Court judge Anthony Mrima.

The petition alleges gross misconduct and incompetence against the judge in the Jimi Wanjigi case which saw DCI Boss George Kinoti sentenced to a four-month jail term.

He claims the judge demonstrated lack of impartiality in the case.

The Judicial Service Commission be pleased to order the immediate suspension of the Honourable Justice Anthony Mrima for his open show of bias, incompetence, corruption, misbehavior and misconduct in the exercise of his judicial functions in Petition no.520 of 2017 between Jimi Wanjigi and another versus Inspector General of Police and 3 others,” read part of the petition.

The petitioner noted that Kinoti’s sentencing was made under the court’s insistence that the firearms belonging to Wanjigi were in Kinoti’s possession.

This is after it was discovered that the firearms were in the possession of the Firearms Licensing Board.

Petitioner Mutemebi now wants the court to investigate the conduct of Justice Mrima for taking a deliberate legal misdirection.

Through his lawyer Danstan Omari Mutembei further says judge Mrima ignored the role of the DCI director in the ensuring there is security and tranquility in the country.

It is appalling and a clear abuse of the judicial discretion to have witnessed the accused judge run over the Director of the Criminal Investigations and to have convicted him to jail for four months without any other option for the decision of the court while being ignorant of the evidence.”

Kinoti was sentenced for disobeying court orders that required him to surrender seven firearms and ammunition belonging to businessman turned politician Jimi Wanjigi.

Judge Mrima said Kinoti did not prove that the firearms were moved to the Firearms Licensing Board.

The firearms and ammunition were taken from Wanjigi’s residence in 2017.

According to Kinoti, the firearms license was revoked since some of the firearms belonging to Wanjigi were a threat to security because they are high precision military firearms not authorized to be handled by civilians in Kenya under the Firearms Act.

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