Judges, magistrates and LSK condemn attacks on Judiciary
Uhuru referred to Justice Maraga and the other Supreme Court judges as ‘wakora’
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s insults and threats to Chief Justice David Maraga, the Supreme Court judges and the Judiciary have drawn sharp criticism from judges, magistrates and lawyers.
The Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association and the Law Society of Kenya on Saturday criticised Uhuru over the threats.
KMJA blasted Uhuru for making derogatory attacks that border on threats to the Judiciary, while the LSK said it is unfortunate and inappropriate for the head of state, as the symbol of unity, to make such remarks.
KMJA secretary general Bryan Khaemba said Uhuru’s disparaging remarks at a rally in Burma market on Friday, and State House, Nairobi, on Saturday amount to threats. Uhuru referred to Chief Justice Maraga and the other Supreme Court judges as “wakora” (crooks) while addressing his supporters at Burma market.
“Maraga ajue ya kwamba anadeal na rais yule amekalia kiti”,” Uhuru said. (Maraga should know he is now dealing with a sitting President).
A majority of the Supreme Court nullified Uhuru’s win and ordered the IEBC to conduct a fresh presidential election within 60 days.
Khaemba said there was prior consensus among a cross-section of Kenyans that the courts were the ideal forum to solve electoral disputes, and Uhuru should respect the ruling.
“We condemn this assault on the independence of the honourable judges. In the same vein, we hasten to add that robust and focussed critiques of the awaited reasoned judgment of the Supreme Court by all interested parties will be well in order,” Khaemba said.
“We ask Kenyans, especially the political class, to desist from personal profiling of judicial officers, who are engaged in their constitutionally ordained duties.”
Khaemba assured that judges and magistrates are ready and committed to resolving all the other impending electoral cases at various levels with fairness, diligence and absolute fidelity to the law as required.
LSK president Isaac Okero said President Uhuru’s remarks declaring that judges should wait for him after his successful reelection in the fresh election are unfortunate and inappropriate.