Kenyan top judge in trouble for tax evasion

Kenya's Deputy Chief Justice, Philomena Mwilu.

Kenya’s Deputy Chief Justice, Philomena Mwilu is currently in court in the capital, Nairobi, where her legal team is applying to get her freed on bail.

She was arrested on Tuesday afternoon at the Supreme Court and is accused of abuse of office for personal gain and tax evasion.

Corruption crackdown
Justice Mwilu is the ‘most high-profile official’ to be apprehended in an ongoing crackdown on corruption.

Last year, the judge was in the limelight after the Supreme Court ordered a re-run of the presidential election.

Her driver was shot days before a ruling on whether the re-run should be postponed.

As a result, Justice Mwilu did not attend the hearing and the lack of a quorum meant the election re-run went ahead unchallenged.

The court’s annulment of the initial poll angered President Uhuru Kenyatta who pledged to“fix the judiciary.”

Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Noordin Haji said ”the decision to prosecute Justice Mwilu had been taken independently.”


Emmanuel Ukoh