Monday June 8, 2020 – Chief Justice David Maraga has accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of refusing to meet him to discuss the stalled appointment of 41 judges proposed by the Judicial Service Commission.

Speaking on Monday at the Supreme Court, Maraga said Uhuru’s refusal to swear in the judges has contributed to the backlog of cases currently being experienced in the Judiciary.

“You know I have respect for you as our President, you also know that I have unsuccessfully sought an appointment with you to sort out these issues but it has been futile leaving me with no option but to make this public,” he said.

Maraga asked Uhuru to direct the AG to begin the process of satisfying the decrees issued by the courts.

“The President’s disregard of court orders doesn’t bode well for our constitutional democracy and is potentially a recipe for anarchy,” Maraga said.

“I must remind you that you swore to defend the constitution and the laws of Kenya.”

“The laws include court orders.”

“Demonstrate that faith and respect the rule of law and comply with court orders,” he said.

The Law Society of Kenya had threatened to take legal action against the President and Attorney General Kihara Kariuki for not swearing in the 41 judges.


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