The Linda Katiba Initiative has castigated President Uhuru Kenyatta after his onslaught on the judiciary during Madaraka Day celebrations.
In a press release seen by Kivimbi.co.ke, the group termed Uhuru’s sentiments as a declaration of political arnachy that threatens the independence of the judiciary.
“State officials who personally attack judges dangerously create political perception that judicial system is serving a political, or other purpose rather than the fair administration of justice. ” read part of the statement.
It further stated;
“President Kenyatta’s continued vindicative attacks, bullying, threatening and intimidation of the judiciary must stop. If he feels aggravated, there exists legal mechanisms for redress,
The press statement was addressing Uhuru’s speech in Kisumu where he blasted the judgement against the BBI bill and 2017 presidential election..
He said the Judiciary did not consider the spirit of the law, thus making decisions whose impacts are dire.
Uhuru accused the court of denying Kenyans their sovereign and supreme right to vote at a referendum after it declared the BBI bill process null and void.
“From nullification of a presidential election in 2017 to an attempt to stop the will of the people as expressed through BBI, the Judiciary has tested our constitutional limits.
“Their decisions must consider the letter of the law, but fundamentally the spirit of the law must also guide them. And I say so because the spirit of the law is the light that will illuminate the burden of the choices they make,” President Uhuru said.
The Linda Katiba group is comprised of Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua, political activist Jerotich Seii, Economist David Ndii and Boniface Mwangi.
Other than this group, allies of Deputy President William Ruto also rebuked the president.
Taking to his Facebook page, Moses Kuria said that Uhuru is fond of inflicting pain on Kenyans, only to benefit from it.