Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ) Philomena Mwilu arrest was seen by a section of Kenyans as a fulfillment of President Uhuru Kenyatta vow to revisit the judiciary after the Supreme Court annulled his win in the last general election.
The DCJ, who was at the centre of the high voltage case, termed her arrest as witch hunt and a ploy to scuttle any chances of her succeeding Chief Justice David Maraga when he retires.
DPP Noordin Haji said at the time of her arrest-she has since been released-that he had enough evidence to charge the DCJ. He said Mwilu had abused her office for personal gain, evaded to pay taxes and accepted money as gift under dubious circumstances.
If reports appearing on the local dailies are anything to go by, Mwilu is easily among the richest judges in Kenya. We take a look at the properties she owns and her estimated net worth.
Bank accounts operated by Philomena Mwilu
Standard Chartered Bank-2
Kenya Commercial Bank-1
Commercial Bank of Africa-1
Properties she owns
In Kilimani estate she owns seven houses
Argwings Kodhek Road-One house
Ndemi Road-two houses
Her estimated net worth
Between 2013-2016 cash transaction in Mwilu’s account hit Ksh320.6 million. In a follow up to the highly publicized arrest of the DCJ, the Nation reported that three of her seven properties are worth ksh231 million. Going by these figures, the DCJ net worth is just below the ksh1 billion mark.
What she is accused of;
Tax evasion, 13 counts of abuse of office and fraudulent recovery of loan securities. She was represented by senior counsel James Orengo and a battery of other lawyers that included Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.
Mwilu has been in a relationship with Amos Wako for the last two decades. The longest serving Attorney General amassed considerable when he served as the AG.