AG Kihara Kariuki responds to CJ Maraga
By Vincent Kejitan | June 10th 2020
Attorney General Kihara Kariuki on Tuesday hit back at Chief
Justice David Maraga who claimed President Uhuru Kenyatta was frustrating
efforts of the Judiciary.
While addressing the press, Kihara said some of the
sentiments made by the CJ create a perception that he is seeking to influence
"The Chief Justice is openly commenting on merits and
demerits of cases. It creates a perception that he is seeking to influence cases
“The CJ may have breached contempt of court by discussing
matters in court in media brief. The people of Kenya deserve effective
leadership that prioritizes service over self. The executive is willing to work
with all arms of the Government,” said Kihara.
The AG also said that the CJ would have sort more
appropriate avenues of addressing the President and not playing to the public
“The public attacks by the Chief Justice have now taken a
personal slur. We shall respond to him directly with respect to issues which
are not subject to ongoing cases.
“The Executive will not discuss cases before the
court," he said.
Chief Justice David Maraga on Monday made his frustrations
known to the media through a presser that had some hard-hitting words directed
at President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Maraga blamed the President for disregarding court orders,
terming it a recipe for anarchy.
“The refusal of the President to appoint the 41 judges, was
a grave violation of the constitution
“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 orders,” he said.
In his address, the CJ also voiced frustrations at how he
has sought audience with President Kenyatta but to no avail.
He challenged the Head of State to uphold the Constitution
and be an example by obeying the law.
“How can we expect God to bless our nation, when we're so
callous to the most desperate in our society?
“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,” said Maraga.
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