Judges, mag­is­trates and LSK con­demn at­tacks on Ju­di­ciary

Uhuru re­ferred to Jus­tice Maraga and the other Supreme Court judges as ‘wakora’

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics | General - JOSEPH NDUNDA @Joseph_N­dunda

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.

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