Former CJ David Maraga has waded into the raging debate on the conduct of President Uhuru Kenyatta following his refusal to appoint six judges to the court of appeal.
Maraga came back from his retirement to blast the head of state in an interview with KTN.
Speaking on KTN News on Wednesday, June 9, the former CJ revealed that Uhuru’s decision was ruining the careers and lives of the judges.
The Head of State had explained that he had rejected the judges after his team raised concerns over their conduct.
The six included Joel Ngugi and George Odunga who had been part of a bench that declared the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) null and void. The other four were Weldon Korir, Aggrey Muchelule, Makori Evans Kiago and Judith Omange Cheruiyot.
“The thing in each person’s mind is that this fellow has integrity issues. When somebody loses a case before that judge, he will come up with allegations that this guy was bribed.
“You are literally ruining the careers of these judges and totally ruining their lives and that of their families. That is so serious that it cannot be done so casually as it has been done. That is extremely bad,” stated Maraga.
Maraga challenged the President to go ahead and appoint the judges before lodging a formal complaint.
“There is a procedure. Swear these judges in, lodge a complaint before JSC and whoever has been appointed will be removed.
“What has happened is that these judges have been condemned unheard, in the eyes of the public, these are the corrupt judges the President was talking about,” he added.
In a rant in June 2020, Maraga accused Uhuru of being responsible for the operational crisis that rocked the judiciary at the time and hampered service delivery.
“It is important to clearly and categorically state that this shortage of judges and the near paralysis of court operations has been caused by the President. The President has persisted in his refusal despite orders in two cases requiring him to swear in those judges within 14 days,” he stated at the time.