Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga wants President Uhuru Kenya to expedite the appointment and swearing in of six judges expunged from the recent judicial appointments.
In an open letter to the head of state dated June 8, the former activist termed President Kenyatta’s actions as beneath the dignity of the office on the hill.
“The president’s conduct in this matter has been beneath the dignity of that high office. For two years he has subjected several advocates to untold personal suffering for no reason at all, and called into question the integrity of serving judges and judicial officers without any due process,” part of the letter reads.
MR. PRESIDENT, IN THE NAME OF THE CONSTITUTION, SIMPLY SWEAR IN THE SIX JUDGES.
My full statement: pic.twitter.com/zksQkoNdSe
— Dr Willy M Mutunga, Chief Justice, Kenya (2011-16) (@WMutunga) June 8, 2021
Mutunga joins the long list of legal minds that have pocked fingers into the presidents move to lock out Justices Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Weldon Korir, Aggrey Muchelule, Evans Kiago and Judith Omange despite the six having the needed blessings of the Judicial Service Commission.
“The presidential ‘list of hate’ has even mysteriously changed, meaning that the objection to the judges’ nomination is driven more by personal pique rather that principle,” Mutunga says in the scathing letter.
The Law Society of Kenya and the Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association (KMJA) have also faulted the head of state terming it a gross violation of the Constitution.