Chief Justice Maraga had faulted the President for disobeying two court orders on the appointment of 41 judges and for failing to take control of the Executive which according to him had continued to violate the rights of thousands of people by violating court orders
The Director National NGO’S Council Board-Western Region, Henry Andako has called on chief Justice David Maraga to swallow his pride and support the President in reforming the judiciary.
Speaking to the media in Bungoma, Andako said the chief Justice should stop commenting on matters that are already in court and work with the President to reform the Judiciary which according to him is rotten .
“The President should ignore statements from the chief Justice pressurizing him to appoint Judges with integrity questions.If the chief Justice thinks that things are not working for him then he should honourably resign and allow another Kenyan to lead the important office,”Indakwa added.
Chief Justice Maraga had faulted the President for disobeying two court orders on the appointment of 41 judges and for failing to take control of the Executive which according to him had continued to violate the rights of thousands of people by violating court orders..
Maraga said that the President contradicts himself when he asks the citizens to obey the law while at the same time he has been at the forefront to overlook court orders.
“This disregard of court orders by the president is part of the pattern by the Executive. I must remind the president that he swore to defend the Constitution and the laws of Kenya, he must demonstrate his respect for the law by complying with court orders,” said Maraga.
Indakwa said that Maraga’s outbursts against the President in public in opposition to the actions taken by the President to scrutinize the calbre of Judges who are supposed to be appointed by the Judiciary are unfortunate adding that that his utterances will be interpreted by the public to show that he is in support of a corrupt judiciary.
“We know that very many people have lost their property,languishing in jail because of corrupt,incompetent ,lazy Judicial Officers ;the chief Justice should corporate with the President to ensure that corrupt Judges are purged for posterity,”said Indakwa.
The JSC recommended names to the president in July last year for appointment but President Uhuru Kenyatta rejected the nominees arguing that the selected individuals had questionable integrity issues.11 of the Judges were appointed to the Court of Appeal, 20 to the lands court and 10 to the Employment court.
Citizen For Good Governance director Phillip Wanyonyi Wekesa supported the President’s move saying that the public is aware that most shortlisted advocates and Judges have unresolved corruption cases and once they are taken they will continue soiling the Judiciary with their corrupt nature and stifle dispensation of Justice.
“We members of the public know and are aware that those shortlisted in stations were corrupt.chief justice have information that they are hiding from the public and should let the cat out of the bag since the appointed individuals will serve the public,”said Wanyonyi.
Wanyonyi said that the President is right to refuse the list once he gets intelligent information about the conduct of the appointed Judicial officers but asked the head of state to give reasons to the public as to why he refused to endorse the names.
Benard Chemao, a member of the Western Kenya NGOs council lauded the Government for taking steps to cushion the less privileged Kenyans by factoring in the budget a stimulus program to help needy Kenyans during the Covid 19 pandemic period.
“The budget has good proposals and indeed economic stimulus package that will help Kenyans realize the much needed support from the government,”
He urged Kenyans to adhere to government directives of social distancing,washing hands and staying at home to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.