Tuesday June 9, 2020 – Some members of the Judicial Service Commission have accused Chief Justice David Maraga of lying against President Uhuru Kenyatta during his outburst yesterday.
Maraga accused Uhuru of disobeying court orders and refusing to appoint 41 judges proposed to him by the Judicial Service Commission, for over six months now.
But unaware to him, Uhuru was actually planning to appoint new judges as required before he launched a scathing attack against the Head of State.
The CJ also told a media briefing that his efforts to get an audience with the President over the judges’ appointments had failed.
But some members of the Judicial Service Commission said Maraga and the Head of State met for nearly an hour in February days after Maraga launched another verbal attack against the President.
During the meeting in State House, the two agreed on a number of issues, including judicial appointments, the JSC members said.
The President is reported to have agreed to appoint judges who did not have integrity issues and to address budget issues raised by Maraga at that time.
“The appointments were to be made next week.”
“We are surprised by the statement by Maraga,” a senior appellate judge aware of the plans said.
Some members of the JSC said they were not aware of the contents of Maraga’s statement.
“We did not know that he had planned to issue a statement,” one member said.
The Kenyan DAILY POST