Chief Justice Martha Koome criticizes President Ruto’s Remarks
Chief Justice Martha Koome criticizes President Ruto’s Remarks.
On Monday, January 15, while speaking to the media, Chief Justice Koome strongly criticized President Ruto and the Kenya Kwanza lawmakers for their threats to defy court orders.
Koome expressed deep concern, stating that the recent statements made by the president and his supporters represent a significant and unprecedented attack on the constitution. As the leader of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), Koome emphasized that Ruto’s verbal attacks have the potential to instigate chaos and anarchy in the country.
“It is regrettable that the leadership of the Executive and the Legislature, in the recent public declarations, have threatened not to obey court orders because of corruption. These threats and declarations are extremely serious and a monumental assault to the Constitution. It is also an assault to the rule of law and the ability of the nation and can lead to chaos and anarchy in our mother land,” Koome said.
The Chief Justice criticized the president for leveling corruption allegations against judicial officers without adhering to the proper channels. Koome highlighted that Deputy President Ruto has not formally filed any specific allegations against individual judicial officers for the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to investigate.
She revealed that the commission has formally requested a meeting with the head of state, seeking an explanation for the intricacies of the corruption claims he has made against members of the judiciary.
“The president has not filed any complaints that we are aware of. If there are cases involving judicial officers, then that’s why the JSC was established to deal with those disciplinary matters. We will be asking the president to submit that report so that we can deal with those matters,” Koome added.