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The Day When Amos Wako’s ‘Close Relationship’ was Questioned

Two petitions were filed yesterday ,19th September,at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC)  against two Supreme Court judges who nullified the August 8th election.

The petitioner accused Judges Philomena Mwilu and Isaac Lenaola of being in contact with lawyers representing the Presidential petitioner Raila Odinga during the hearing of the case challenging President Kenyatta’s victory.

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Among NASA lawyers alleged to have interacted with the two judges was Busia Senator Amos Wako.

In the damning petition,the former AG is said to have had telephone conversations and meetings with Deputy Chief Justice Mwilu.

“Hon Amos Wako is the senator of Busia County elected on the Orange Democratic Movement (oDM) under the leadership at the first petitioner, Hon Raila Amollo Odinga. The senator is on record as the petitioner’s legal counsel on the case of Raila Amollo Odinga and another vs Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and two others (2017) .The DCJ had a meeting and a lengthy conversaton with Wako on August17,2017. The meeting lasted for over two hours and focused primarily on the case NASA was to file before the Supreme Court on August 18, 2017, ” reads the petition in part.

This is not the first time DCJ Mwilu and Mr Wako have been embroiled in controversy.For example in 2011, an application was filed by The International Centre for Policy and Conflict organization (ICPC) at the Supreme court questioning Mwilu’s personal relationship with Mr Wako.

According to the Kenyan-based advocacy organization,the then High Court judge Philomena Mwilu was not qualified to handle a case they had filed at the High court challenging the appointment of Supreme court judges by the Judicial Service Commission.

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The ICPC argued that Philomena Mwilu would be biased since she had an alleged personal relationship with the then Attorney General Amos Wako.

Amos Wako was a member of the Judicial Service Commission ,which was being sued by the organization.

The Supreme court,however,dismissed the application ruling that it did not meet the threshold of disqualifying a High Court judge.

Furthermore,the Supreme court said they were still groping for answers as to why ICPC would make such an application without any basis or grounds.

Source: The Star, Pg 9

Date: Saturday, 16 Jul 2011

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