September 4, 2017
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s insults and threats to Chief Justice David Maraga, the Supreme Court judges and the Judiciary have drawn sharp criticism from judges, magistrates and lawyers.
The Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association and the Law Society of Kenya on Saturday criticised Uhuru over the threats.
KMJA blasted Uhuru for making derogatory attacks that border on threats to the Judiciary, while the LSK said it is unfortunate and inappropriate for the head of state, as the symbol of unity, to make such remarks.
KMJA secretary general Bryan Khaemba said Uhuru’s disparaging remarks at a rally in Burma market on Friday, and State House, Nairobi, on Saturday amount to threats. Uhuru referred to Chief Justice Maraga and the other Supreme Court judges as “wakora” (crooks) while addressing his supporters at Burma market.
“Maraga ajue ya kwamba anadeal na rais yule amekalia kiti”,” Uhuru said. (Maraga should know he is now dealing with a sitting President).
A majority of the Supreme Court nullified Uhuru’s win and ordered the IEBC to conduct a fresh presidential election within 60 days.