By PETER KAMURI
Last week, integrity issues were the highlight of the Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board¡¯s decisions, which saw illustrious careers of four appellate judges come to an end.
Justice Joseph Nyamu, Samuel Bosire, Riaga Omolo and Emmanuel O¡¯kubasu careers ¡ª spanning many years ¡ª were halted after they were found to be unfit to continue serving in the Judiciary.
The decision came after a radical surgery that aimed at cleaning the Judiciary. And soon, more judges might fall by the wayside if their past is found to be tainted.
These judges lost their jobs because their past deeds could not measure up to the expectations of their peers and the general citizens. Even though everybody expects them to be of high integrity, they were found to have submitted their independence to the political class.
The past came to haunt these judges given that a huge chunk of accusations leveled against them took place during the time of Kanu regime. Both Justice Bosire and Nyamu were incriminated for their handling of the Goldenberg probe.
Issues of integrity were raised against Justice
Emmanuel O¡¯kubasu as he was accused of abetting the miscarriage of justice through dishonesty and negligence. Justice Omolo was accused of favouring the former President Moi in a case pitting him against Kenneth Matiba.
According to Peter Kidaha, a career advisor, the most important career lesson to be learnt from what happened to the judges is that for one to be successful in his or her career, one must maintain the highest levels of integrity.
"There are no two ways when it comes to creating trust and credibility among those people whom you work with. You must be a person of high integrity. This is one sure way that can make others to respect you," says Kidaha.
"If you want bungle up your career, live a double life. It will not only make you lead a distressed life because of fear of being found out. And you may ultimately bring your career to an end if your misdeeds are brought to light," he says.