Nairobi police chief in threat to sue CJ

NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 22 – Nairobi area provincial police chief Anthony Kibuchi has now written to Chief Justice Willy Mutunga demanding an apology for claiming that he disregarded a court order.

Through lawyer Cecil Miller, Kibuchi said he will sue the CJ for defamation unless he apologises to him within seven days.

Kibuchi argues that Mutunga disparaged him during an annual Law Society of Kenya conference in Mombasa by claiming that he had referred to a court order as tissue paper.

Kibuchi denies uttering such words and was never served with a court order in the matter the CJ was referring to.

The CJ had accused the police chief of disregarding a court order stopping demolitions at Syokimau, Kyangombe, Mitumba and Eastleigh last year.

“The remarks portrayed him as a police officer who is not capable of enforcing the law and the Constitution of the Republic and is therefore unfit to serve as a law enforcement officer,” Kibuchi said in the letter dated Aug 22 and sent to the CJ by Miller.

Kibuchi said that when he appeared before a joint parliamentary committee that investigated the evictions, he made it clear that he was never served with the said order.

Miller further said in the letter that the committee did not find Kibuchi guilty of any such wrong doing in its report dated December 7, 2011.

The police chief maintains that the words attributed to him by the CJ have portrayed him as a rogue police officer before right thinking members of the public, and one who is fond of disregarding court orders.

The letter is copied to the Attorney General.

Posted by CAPITAL FM - August 22, 2012