Wednesday June 17, 2020 – Nyeri Town MP, Ngunjiri Wambugu, has waded into the simmering wrangles between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Chief Justice David Maraga, calling for a probe into the latter.
This is after Maraga went berserk on Uhuru, accusing him of disobeying court orders and in the process delaying justice for Kenyans.
Venting on social media yesterday, Wambugu called for an overhaul of various judicial procedures, arguing that the justice system in the country was designed to breed corruption.
Referring to a petition he filed in 2017 at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) questioning the integrity of Supreme Court Judges, Wambugu noted that he had never received a response.
“I filed a highly-publicised petition with the JSC against CJ David Maraga in 2017 following the nullification of Uhuru’s victory.”
“To this day I have never received a response from them.”
“This tells you a lot about how transparently they conduct themselves,” he wrote.
Wambugu also questioned the composition of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), calling for the creation of a civilian-led oversight authority similar to the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA).
“The Judiciary is made up of over 75% lawyers – at every level including the JSC.”
“This is absurd when you consider that even the police service is managed by a body chaired by a civilian. (The JSC is chaired by a lawyer – the CJ),” Wambugu observed.
The lawmaker described the Judiciary as a ‘market place for lawyers’, calling for a radical overhaul to ensure it serves ordinary Kenyans.
“The Judiciary is currently nothing but a place of business for the ~17,000 lawyers in Kenya.”
“We must make sure that it becomes – in reality – one of the three arms of a government that serves ~50M people.”
“We therefore need a structure that ensures that it serves the millions of non-lawyers in Kenya, and stops just being a market place for lawyers,” he noted.
The Kenyan DAILY POST