Judiciary seeks to renovate CJ’s residence
The Judiciary has written to the anti-graft watchdog seeking to renovate a mansion built at a cost of Sh310m as official residence of the Chief Justice. Judiciary Chief Registrar Anne Amadi said the official residence, located in Nairobi’s upmarket estate Runda, was currently not habitable. The house was purchased for use as the official residence of former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga and his successors. “We wrote to Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) asking whether we can proceed to renovate the house and whether doing so would jeoprardise a court case.“By the time we got a response, it was a whole process because our request had to undergo a lot of processing withing the EACC and the courts,” Ms Amadi told the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC).The EACC took control of the house and charged former Judiciary Registrar Gladys Shollei and other officials of the tender committee for purchasing a fully furnished residential property for the Chief Justice at Sh310 million without prior planning.That case has since been withdrawn. “We want to repair this house and we have about Sh50 million to undertake the works,” she said in response to questions by JLAC chairman William Cheptumo.