Former Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga urge Judges to down tools

Former CJ Dr Willy Mutunga

At the heart of the latest storm is the issue involving six judges the President has refused to appoint, according to Dr Mutunga, the President is in breach of the constitution by refusing to appoint the judges

By The Weekly Vision Online

It has taken the former chief justice Willy Mutunga a whole eight years to muster the guts to take on President Uhuru Kenyatta heads on. The now-retired judge minced no words when he urged Kenyan judges to down their tools in protest at President Kenyatta’s alleged refusal to obey court orders.

At the heart of the latest storm is the issue involving six judges the President has refused to appoint, according to Dr Mutunga, the President is in breach of the constitution by refusing to appoint the judges.

The same sentiments were echoed by immediate former CJ David Maraga who told off the president claiming the constitution did not donate to him any powers to delay or refuse to appoint the judges already cleared by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC). Unlike Mutunga who in 2013 upheld the contested election victory of Uhuru by Raila Odinga, Mr Maraga overturned the presidents win in 2017, ordering a repeat poll in 60 days.

Maraga made history with the landmark ruling, the first in independent Africa where an incumbent president rarely loses an election let alone having their win overturned! Is Mutunga’s show of boldness too little too late in the day, fighting a president with barely a year left in office? The former CJ made the remarks during an event at the United Green Movement party headquarters in Nairobi. Dr Mutunga has also vowed to travel to Canada and bring back the exiled lawyer Miguna Miguna into the country. The fiery former Raila Odinga aide was ejected from Kenya in February 2018. He had earlier been arrested for his role in the mock inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga as the people’s president.

Miguna was deported despite the High Court ruling that barred the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Inspector General (IG) of the police from deporting him. The court had further ordered that he be set free, his subsequent attempts to return to Kenya from Canada, where he’s also a citizen, have proved futile. Dr Mutunga says he will bring Miguna back home but notes the odds are heavily decked against him.

Augustine Neto, the co-party chair of the UGM, confirmed that Miguna has already bought an air ticket and is scheduled to land in Kenya on November 16.

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