High Court Judge Said Chitembe on Thursday dismissed clips doing rounds on social media with claims of him soliciting bribes to determine the outcome of cases before him. In an interview with a local publication, the embattled judge described the videos as ‘edited and manipulated to fit a specific narrative’ and that he knew their existence way back in July before they were leaked by ousted Nairobi governor Mike Sonko.
”I have no problem. Let the videos go round because they are edited to fit a particular narrative. Some parts have been left. I knew about the existence of the videos in July and it was just a matter of when they would be out,” Justice Chitembwe said, adding the individual posing as his brother in the video was his village mate from Kwale and not a relative as the footage claimed.
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”I have no problem. Let the videos go round because they are edited to fit a particular narrative. Some parts have been left. I knew about the existence of the videos in July and it was just a matter of when they would be out. That man is not my brother, not my uncle and our parents are not related. However, I have known him for over 10 years because we both come from Kwale,” he added.
Following the leaks, the judge is asking anyone with evidence of misconduct while in office or has any accusations to make against him to lodge a complaint with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and the DCI.
On Tuesday, former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko sparked a storm online following the release of video footage exposing how the country’s Judiciary is rotten to the core, with Justice Said Chitembwe caught openly taking bribes.
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Dubbed “The Rot in the Kenyan Judiciary” the first trailer of a five-part series gives an in-depth look at the events which led to the former governor being impeached, the fraudulent dealings inside Justice Said Chitembwe’s chambers as well as circumstances surrounding the swearing-in of Ann Kananu as Nairobi Governor.