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Judge quits suit facing Multi-Media University VC Prof Walter Oyawa and board

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By - Isaiah Lucheli | Jul 5th 2013 | 1 min read

By Isaiah Lucheli

KENYA: A suit where a former university employee is seeking to commit the vice-chancellor and board members to civil jail over sexual harassment case took a new twist on Thursday.

A judge handling the case facing the Vice-Chancellor of Multi-Media University Prof Walter Oyawa and board members Dr Salome Gichura, Prof Mabel Imbuga, JN Muturi, Rosemary Gitonga, Paul Kukubo and Mercy Wanjau disqualified himself over his relation with the lawyer representing the applicant.

The university filed an application seeking disqualification of Industrial Court Justice Njagi Marete for referring to lawyer Gibson Kamau Kuria as mwalimu (teacher) during the suit between the university and its former employee, Justa Wawira.

“The continued reference to the claimant’s counsel as mwalimu in open court has made the applicant believe the judge might have a personal bias,” the board submitted.

The lawyer representing the university, Daniel Achach, sought to have the file returned to the presiding judge of the Industrial Court for transfer or relocation to another judge.

Ms Wawira, the former university’s director of corporate affairs had sued the acting VC for sexual harassment and sought conservatory orders the university authorities disobeyed.

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