SUSPENDED Judiciary Chief Registrar Gladys Boss Shollei yesterday named the three Judicial Service Commission commissioners whom she said are behind her tribulations.
Shollei cited Ahmednasir Abdullahi, Justice Mohammed Warsame and Emily Ominde when she appeared before the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly to respond to the allegations against her that resulted in her suspension.
She said she was responding the the accusations so that the public would be informed. Shollei said the genesis of her problems was when Ahmednasir proposed that the Judiciary buy another building instead of the one already identified to house the law courts and offices.
"I have had difficult relations with him in the last several months. Yes, the whole issue of the Mombasa building comes in. I did mention to him that LSK told me about a building, he said forget about it, 'nitakutafutia ingine'," said Shollei.
She said she expressed her concerns to Chief Justice Willy Mutunga. Shollei said she had been having problems with Commissioner Warsame whom she accused of trying to influence the employment of Judiciary staff.
"He has constantly taunted me over hiring. He told me 'hatujakula matunda ya kazi yako (we have not eaten the fruits of your work)'," Shollei told the 29-member committee chaired by Ainabkoi MP Samuel Chepkong'a.
The committee is expected to question the JSC today. On Ominde, Shollei said she had also been having a difficult time with her. "Commissioner Ominde, right from day one she has fought me," said Shollei.
She said she had at one time been forced to write to the CJ to complain about Ominde. Shollei said her tribulations are due to some forces out to scuttle the reform agenda at the Judiciary.
"The JSC is the accuser, the investigator, the prosecutor and the judge. Let the JSC be the judge, but let the investigations be done by another body," she said.
Shollei criticised last Friday's meeting in Mombasa where JSC members discussed her performance and some recommended that she be suspended. She said her performance was not part of the agenda of the "ordinary retreat".
"I understand the subject was introduced at the end. Even the Chief Justice was taken by surprise," said Shollei. She told the MPs she was in Canada when she received an email on Saturday morning informing her that the JSC was recommending her suspension over undisclosed malpractices.
Shollei said the mail was forwarded to her by the CJ who had received it from the JSC as he did not attend the Mombasa meeting. She defended the management of human resources at Judiciary, which has been her responsibility.
Shollei said in that function she has always relied on the advice of various institutions and experts. She said all hiring at Judiciary is done through JSC apart from temporary employment not exceeding 12 months.
Shollei explained that as the accounting officer of Judiciary she does not sit in the procurement committee. "I am not allowed to interfere with procurement, and if I did, they can report me to the procurement committee. If there are any questions about procurement, they should be directed to the tender committee," she said.
Shollei denied influencing the buying of Judiciary vehicles from General Motors where her cousin is employed, saying all vehicle purchases were from the DT Dobie and CMC.
She said she did not use her discretion in purchasing vehicles but followed an existing government policy already in place when she joined Judiciary.
Shollei defended the leasing of space by the Judiciary at Elgon Court and Rahimtulla Building both in Nairobi's Upper Hill area. She said the leasing was above board and in the interest of the institution, which has been constrained for space.