Retired CJ David Maraga has blamed Uhuru Kenyatta’s disregard for the Judiciary and constitution on the death of Kenya’s once vibrant opposition.
In an interview where he launched a scathing attack at the Head of State, Maraga minced no words in his description of Uhuru’s conduct particularly towards the Judiciary.
“The opposition in the country has died; that is what has given the president audacity to do what he wants. The opposition should be the first to condemn the head of state’s actions and tell him what he is doing is not right,” Maraga said.
The retired chief justice no doubt was making reference to Kenya’s official opposition party that is technically now an extension of the ruling government.
Since the famous handshake between Raila and Uhuru in March 2018, ODM has turned into the government’s main cheerleader, as Kenyans resort to social media to vent their frustrations against the government.
Before the handshake, ODM and its leader Raila Odinga kept the government on its toes through constant criticism of any actions that were considered illegal or inappropriate to the common man.
While there are several cases where Uhuru Kenyatta has been accused of disregarding the law and/or the judiciary, it is his latest decision not to appoint 6 out of 41 judges proposed by Judicial Service Commission that has irked many.
Kenya’s first Chief Justice under the 2010 constitution Willy Mutunga recently asked Uhuru to resign if he cannot respect the constitution.
Maraga supported this assertion adding that Uhuru has no legal provision to decline appointing judges as recommended by the JSC, no matter what the intelligence tells him.
Uhuru has said he declined appointing the 6 as they had integrity issues.