SAN FRANCISCO, May 15, (THEWILL) – The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has discharged a Supreme Court Judge, Sylvester Nguta, of charges of non-declaration of assets.
THEWILL recalls that the judge was first arraigned before the CCT last year on an 8-count charge bothering on false assets declaration.
However, at its sitting on Tuesday, the tribunal ruled that Ngwuta cannot be tried before it unless he had been subjected to the disciplinary processes of the National Judicial Council (NJC).
The two-man panel, who gave the judgement, therefore quashed the charges and discharged the judge.
The panel made reference to an earlier judgement by the court of appeal in which the court held that by virtue of section 158 of the 1999 constitution, the powers to try judicial officers for any misconduct lies on the NJC.