BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,2DN SEPT 2017-The Law Society of Kenya has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to desist from unwarranted attacks directed at the the Supreme Court judges after his win was nullified.According to LSK chair Isaac Okero in a statement on Saturday 2nd September has criticized President Kenyatta for describing Chief Justice David Maraga and other judges of the court as ‘wakora‘ (meaning crooks ).
President Kenyatta made the remarks during a visit at the Burma market, Nairobi, on Friday just hours after the Bench, headed by Mr Maraga, cancelled his victory.
“Ominously declaring that they (judges) should wait for him (President Kenyatta) after he is successful in the coming fresh election is unfortunate and wholly inappropriate remark from the Head of State who under the constitution is a symbol of national unity, enjoys immunity from criminal and civil proceedings and must promote and enhance the unity of the nation.”.said Mr Okero. He added hat Kenyatta ought to safeguard the rights of judges and the Judiciary’s autonomy.
Mr Okero also said that the President has a right to express his opinion, but he should do so appropriately.
“This obligation extends to respecting, upholding and safeguarding the rights of the Chief Justice and each of the judges of the Supreme Court of Kenya under Article 28 to have their inherent dignity respected and protected and to the fundamental freedom under Article 25 from degrading treatment.
“Those remarks violate this obligation and are condemned unreservedly by the Law Society of Kenya,” he added.
The LSK boss said the court performed its constitutional duty and warned other leaders against threatening judges.
Other Jubilee leaders among them Garissa Township MP Aden Duale and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen have also accused the judges of delivering the wrong judgment that they termed improper and ill informed .