Judges George Odunga and Joel Ngugi responds to Uhuru’s rejection of their promotion

Following their rejection from the Judicial Service Commission list of judges to be promoted to the appellate Court by President Uhuru Kenyatta, High court justices George Odunga and Joel Ngugi have spoken.

President Kenyatta noted that he arrived at the decision following an intel about the two from the investigating agency and evidence accusing them of having integrity and ethical issues.

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) presented the said report to Uhuru.

Speaking to the Standard about the same, justice Proffessor Joel Ngugi said that he was not informed of any complaint filed against him nor any investigation being conducted by any relevant authority.

Ngugi added that he had also not been asked to respond to the President or the said investigative agencies.
Justice George Odunga the thorn in the government flesh with his controversial rulings stated that he had not heard any communication from the Presidential team.

“So far no communication at all,” Odunga told the Standard.

The duo were part of the 5-judge bench that made the ruling on the BBI declaring null and void. The other 4 judges who were rejected by President Uhuru are – Weldon Korir, Aggrey Muchelule, Evans Kiago and Judith Omange.

The remaining 34 judges took oath of office yesterday, with the head of state defending his decision that he cannot turn a blind eye to some of the state organs.

“As long as I serve as President, I will choose the right over the convenience, I will choose the hard over the easy and I am not doing this for myself but the people of Kenya,” Uhuru declared while reading his speech at State House, Nairobi.

This comes amid protests from the Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association and the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) condemning the President for rejecting the six judges terming it gross violation of the constitution.

Chief justice Martha Koome was also faulted for cherry picking the 34 justices, with the lady justice responding that she was never in office when the 41 judges were proposed to Uhuru.

“We should find a lasting solution so that moving forward, this kind of delay and misunderstanding will be a thing of the past. Respect for the rule of law and the independence of the Judiciary is guaranteed under the Constitution.

No person or authority is allowed to direct the JSC or the Judiciary in the execution of their mandate,” Koome pointed out in her statement dated Friday, June 4, a few hours after she met Uhuru at State House.

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