Kenyans react to former DCJ Nancy Baraza claim of unfair dismissal

Former Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza (pictured) has decried the unfair treatment she got after being accused of assaulting a security guard at a shopping mall in Nairobi on December 31, 2011.

Baraza in an interview with KTN, blamed her colleagues at the Judiciary for orchestrating her exit after the assault drama yet some of her colleagues in Judiciary and Government have gotten away with worse things.

“I don’t know the politics behind it. But if it is because someone has made a mistake that warrants being tossed out then that is okay. But for me, I feel the standards applied on me were too high in the sense that after I left people have done worse things and they have not been harassed the way I was,” she said.

Baraza’s interview generated varied reactions online after she claimed her collegues acted out of malice to oust her from a seat that has been perceived as jinxed, now that her successor, Justice Kalpana Rawal also exited under a cloud of controversy; and the current holder and Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu, is fighting to stop corruption allegations.

Some Kenyans still condemned the manner in which Baraza handled the security guard, Rebecca Kerubo, on the fateful day as others defended her claiming the bar had since been lowered.  Others opted not to revisit the matter.

Baraza, described the incident as “a security lapse’ on her side and insisted her colleagues used the incident to target her with malice for being an “outsider.”  She argued that if the same high standards applied against her were used against all State officers, many would be in jail.

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