Anger at President Uhuru’s criticism of Judiciary is political, misdirected :: Kenya

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Since the President and Deputy President expressed their dissatisfaction with the Judiciary’s rulings this past week, some people have been fainting and falling about, throwing self-righteous tantrums and working themselves into a histrionic lather.

This manufactured anger is disguised as arguments on the principle of the sanctity and independence of the Judiciary. But in truth, these rebukes by the ‘Crusaders of the Constitution’ are reeking of motive and hypocrisy.

The President’s remarks were conveniently interpreted to mean that, because he is the ‘unassailable’ Head of State, he is ready to order an air strike on the Supreme Court Building and blow the offending judges within to smithereens. The simple interpretation to the President’s criticism of the Judiciary however is this: the Jubilee Party will unabashedly call the Judiciary out on their partiality and partisan leanings.

And in any case, if the argument is that the President is the almighty and powerful Head of State, are not ‘unfavourable’ court rulings a clear indicator that his power is limited to the Executive and he has no influence over the judicial arm of the government? Also, for purposes of clarity and quantification, what do these purported intimidation and threats look like?

Why hasn’t anyone articulated them? Why are the offended only making blanket statements of disapproval? If it were truly intimidation, would it not happen before, and not after the court rulings? These accusations of alleged ‘presidential blasphemy’ against the Judiciary are nothing but insincere rants and cheap shots. And I will tell you why.

First of all, it is what it is. Court rulings on matters pertaining the election appear not only consistently partisan, but also utterly irresponsible. The courts seem to be operating in a parallel universe, where the election is a faraway event and where the constitutional stipulations regarding what must be done are a figment of our collective imaginations. The Judiciary seems to have no qualms about potentially plunging the country into a constitutional crisis. And yes, the court does appear beholden to NASA. It is particularly suspicious that some members of the Bench constituted to hear these electoral cases are said to have familial relationships with interested parties.


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Secondly, public confidence in the Judiciary is seeping away….

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