The 34 judges appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta took the oath of office at State House amid uproar from the public.
An unbowed president Uhuru has given a deaf ear to critics who termed his decision to appoint the 34 judges- out 41 names proposed for the job- as unconstitutional.
“As long as I serve as president, I will choose the right over convenient; the hard over the easy,” said president Uhuru while presiding over the oath taking.
The Head of State further urged the judges to abide by the constitution.
“As the judges assume office, I ask them to serve Kenyans with unfailing integrity and commitment. That their actions may be guided by the unbiased application of the law. My only advice to the judges is to serve with dedication and utmost fidelity to the oath they have subscribed to,” he said.
Politicians and legal minds in the country have opposed the appointment of 34 judges out of the 40 that had been presented by the Judicial Service Commission for appointment.
The president left out 6 judges over what was described as having ‘questionable’ characters.
Among those left out were Justice George Odunga and Joel Ngugi, who ruled against the BBI bill process which seeks to amend the 2010 Kenyan constitution.
This seemed like a an intention by the president to settle scores with the two judges.
During his tour to Kisumu ahead of Madaraka Day, president Uhuru silenced critics, saying he is not bothered with their noise.
Uhuru assured Kenyans that he will keep doing what he thinks is good for the country, even if it annoys people.
This has subjected Uhuru to deep criticism from politicians, lawyers and other Kenyans on Twitter.