Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu abused her office for personal gain and received a bribe, Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has said.
“The evidence reveals that Mwilu accepted a gift in terms of money undermining public confidence in the integrity of her office and the unlawful failure to pay taxes,” he said.
Addressing the media on Tuesday, Haji said Mwilu also obtained execution of a security belonging to Imperial Bank Limited now in receivership by false pretence.
“Our country is being torn apart by people who have been placed in positions of trust and who in turn abuse this trust,” he said.
Haji said investigating and punishing wrongdoing is difficult and painful, but noted that it has to be done.
“Those in positions of service must not only submit to the Constitutional precepts of integrity, they must exercise wisdom, demonstrate good judgement and lead by the power of their example,” he said.
He said that after the DCI forwarded a file relating to Mwilu, he quickly informed the Chief Justice David Maraga of his decision.