Uhuru’s team says President has right to ‘castigate’ Judiciary
Few hours after the Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association condemned the alleged attack on Chief Justice David Maraga by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, State House – through the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU), has defended the Head of State and his deputy.
President Kenyatta on Saturday, September 2 allegedly branded the CJ Maraga-led Judiciary ‘hypocrites’, owing to the fact that the court system sent its Judges countrywide to swear-in Governors yet it invalidated his August 8 re-election.
State House now says that all commentary is valid because there is immense public interest in judicial proceedings and outputs, and that the President was only expressing his dissenting views just as the Opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders and supporters who have expressed delight and lauded the Supreme Court on the ruling to annul the August 8 presidential elections.
According to the State House, the election petition ruling has pleased many, but has also disappointed many in equal measures.
State House argues that just as no one has criticized those celebrating the decision of the court, in equal measures the disgruntled group should also be allowed to express their disappointment, anger and dismay as Kenya is a democracy.
“Like other public institutions, the Judiciary is subject to national values, including accountability and transparency within a democratic context. Any interventions suggesting that the Judiciary is immune from public scrutiny and democratic discussion promotes judicial tyranny, corruption and a fetishism that sanctifies all decisions regardless of merit. Kenya is a democracy through and through,” read a statement by PSCU.
Further, State House has accused the Judiciary of what it terms as ‘evolution of Judiciary into an active political player’.
“We have noted with great concern the active mobilization of the Judiciary at all levels, and it’s visible and forceful alignment with the opposition. This development, actively condoned by the Law Society of Kenya is indecent, immoral and dangerous to independence and neutrality of the Judiciary,” continued the statement.
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