By Christine Lagat NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan Judiciary on Tuesday slammed ongoing
attacks from a section of the country’s political elite and
vowed to discharge its duties without fear and impartiality.
and chairman of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC)
David Maraga decried threats and intimidation targeting
the judiciary since the nullification of presidential
election results on Sept. 1 by the apex court.
have become even more aggressive, culminating in lengthy
uninterrupted demonstrations right outside the Supreme
Court Building Monday and Tuesday,” said Maraga.
from the ruling Jubilee Coalition on Tuesday staged
demonstrations in Nairobi and Rift Valley towns of Nakuru
and Eldoret over annulment of presidential elections
results by judges at the apex court.
singled out some judges for condemnation saying their
decision to invalidate the incumbent President Uhuru
Kenyatta’s victory was unfair.
Maraga decried a volley of attacks targeting judicial
officers to prevent them from discharging their mandate as
stipulated in the constitution.
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenyan Chief Justice David Maraga is seen during the
Supreme Court’s detailed judgment in Nairobi, Sept. 20,
2017. The Supreme Court on Wednesday delivered its full
judgment on the nullification of the Aug. 8 presidential
PHOTO: FRED MUTUNE
and particularly judges of the Supreme Court have been attacked,
threatened and negatively profiled on social media,” Maraga
“These attacks are
demeaning and are meant to intimidate, threaten and cow the
institution and individual judges,” he added.
institutions including the judiciary and the electoral body have
come under stinging attack from both sides of the political
divide ahead of repeat presidential polls slated for Oct. 17.
The Supreme Court
ordered the repeat presidential election after nullifying the
one held on August 8, citing massive irregularities.
Leaders from the
ruling Jubilee Coalition and their supporters have trained their
guns on the Supreme Court while their opposition counterparts
have directed criticism at senior officials at the electoral
body for bungling polls.
The Chief Justice
said that an appeal for additional security for senior judicial
officers is yet to be honored despite the myriad threats facing
Commission notes with dismay that the Inspector General of
Police who is expected to provide security to all government
facilities has repeatedly ignored calls to act, exposing
judicial officers, property and litigants to danger,” said
He reaffirmed the
independence of the Judiciary in the face of sustained attacks
from the political class.
“The Judiciary is an
arm of the government, equal to the Executive and the
Legislature. If leaders are tired of having a strong and
independent judiciary, they should call a referendum and abolish
it altogether,” Maraga said.
He added that the
Judiciary will discharge its mandate without fear or favor as
Kenya gears up for repeat presidential polls.
He said they will
never seek directions on how they perform their duties adding
that anybody who wants to intimidate them should stop.
“These demos are
bordered on violence and are intended to intimidate the
judiciary,” Maraga said, noting that the attacks and the
protests shall never be allowed to happen at a time when the
judiciary is beginning to hear the petitions.
Maraga said the
JSC’s position is that those behind the attacks against the
judiciary will be held personally liable for any injuries
inflicted upon judges, or their families.
“If anything happens
to individual judges, staff and their families, those making
inciting statements will be held responsible,” he said.
He said the
judiciary will not take directives from other arms of government
on how it should execute its mandate.
“We will not allow
anybody to dictate us on how we discharge our mandate ...we want
to state that the rule of law must be allowed to take place at
all times. Judiciary as constituted shall not guarantee a
particular outcome to any individual,” he added.