Kiambu senior principal magistrate Theresa Nyangena has been indefinitely suspended by the judiciary for gross misconduct.
Nyagena’s suspension letter was signed by acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and forwarded to Kiambu chief magistrate Patriciah Gichohi.
The judiciary chief registrar, registrar magistrate courts and director human resource management and development got copies. The letter was dated January 7 2021.
Nyangena was among five candidates who vied for the magistrates’ slot at the Judicial Service Commission.
Mwilu said Nyangena will not get her salary but an alimentary allowance equivalent to one third of her basic monthly pay until her disciplinary case is finalised.
Among the accusations leveled against Nyangena are failing to respond to a letter on complaints about her attendance and performance.
In another instance, the magistrate was asked to explain her absence from duty without leave. Mwilu said the magistrate only responded three weeks after the lapse of the five days she was given to reply.
Nyangena is also accused of proceeding on a 14-day leave from August 25 2020 without approval. Mwilu said the magistrate’s conduct has adversely affected service delivery at the Kiambu Law Courts.
Mwilu said the acts amount to gross misconduct and can lead to severe disciplinary action including dismissal from service as stated in the Judicial Service Act, human resource policies and procedure manual.
Nyangena was directed to hand over all judiciary stores in her custody with a detailed handover report to the head of station and to also report to Kiambu Law Courts every last Friday of the month until her case is finalized.