Chief Justice David Maraga has again accused the president Uhuru Kenyatta for persistently violating the law. The Chief Justice has this time faulted the president for refusing to obey court orders instructing him to appoint judges.
In his address at Supreme Court building today, Maraga noted that the President’s refusal to swear in 41 judges had created a shortage on the bench. As a result, Maraga said that there was a backlog of cases in the judiciary.
“The President’s disregard of court orders doesn’t board well for our constitutional democracy & is potentially a recipe for anarchy; the Executive routinely disregards court order,” Maraga noted.
“The government cannot demand obedience of the law from its citizens when the government itself is disobeying the same law.”
Maraga also took issue with the Head of State’s refusal to invite him to discuss various issues that have pitched the two arms of governments against each other.
“I have for a long time now unsuccessfully sought an appointment to discuss this issue with you, leaving me no choice but to raise the matter through this public statement; you swore to defend & uphold the constitution & the laws of Kenya,” Maraga added.
Today’s presser comes a few days after the Chief Justice lashed at the President for including the Judiciary and the Judicial Service Commission in an executive order. In the Executive Order, Uhuru specified the function of Parliament, Judiciary, independent offices, and constitutional commissions. This triggered a reaction from Maraga who, in a heavy statement, reminded the President that the Judiciary was a “co-equal” of the Executive arm of the government.