Justice Mary Gitumbi: Kenyans react mixed to suspension of judge for mental incapacity Kenya News
- Judge Mary Gitumbi’s job threatened after Judicial Services Commission (JSC) recommended her dismissal over mental health concerns
- President Uhuru Kenyatta has since appointed a tribunal to investigate her
- While some Kenyans argued that JSC should have found other ways to solve the problem, others felt it was necessary to act in accordance with the constitution.
Kenyans are sharply divided after High Court Judge Mary Muthoni Gitumbi was suspended for mental incapacity.
Gitumbi’s job is at risk after the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) recommended his dismissal for mental health concerns.
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While some Kenyans argued that JSC should have found other ways to solve the problem, others felt it was necessary to act in accordance with the constitution.
High Court Judge Mary Muthoni Gitumbi suspended for mental incapacity
TUKO.co.ke sampled some reactions:
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen tweeted:
“There is now a greater awareness that mental health is a serious concern for many in our country and around the world. I wish that @CJMarthaKoome, @jsckenya, @StateHouseKenya and the family of Judge Mary Gitumbi find a another way to manage your suitability for public office. “
David Maina wrote:
“Mount Kenya suffers from the worst mental health in the country – 181 suicides in three months (Kenya police). Families are losing homes, businesses and jobs. Judge Mary Gitumbi deserves her dignity.”
Mwalimu Amunga posed:
“Concern that Judge Mary Gitumbi, whom President Uhuru Kenyatta suspended for” mental incapacity “, may have rendered judgments when she was not feeling well!
@ FidelFidel6 said:
“Mental health continues to show its ugly head and the discussion should be taken a lot more seriously. Judge Mary Gitumbi is the latest. Let’s discuss it openly. “
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@ Masinde001 added:
“Unfortunately, the law does not contemplate any recourse other than that which President Kenyatta dealt with in the case of Judge Mary Gitumbi. We should stop talking about mental health and start taking action. Obviously, this is something that affects all executives in the company. A Kenyan pandemic! “
Uhuru appoints tribunal to investigate Gitumbi
TUKO.co.ke previously reported that Uhuru had suspended Gitumbi with immediate effect and appointed a court to expedite his dismissal.
The tribunal to be chaired by Judge Hellen Omondi Omollo will deliver its report on the petition to impeach Gitumbi and make its recommendation to the president for further guidance.
The members of the tribunal include; Judges Luka Kimaru and Linet Ndolo, Peter Munge, Psychiatrist and Chair of the Frank Njenga and Margaret Makanyango Mental Health Working Group and Co-Secretaries Josiah Muli and Patrick Amoth, Acting Director General of Health.
Emmanuel Omondi Bitta will be the main counsel assisted by Peter Njeru.