Chief Justice Martha Koome hit back at leaders allied to Vice President William Ruto for demand his resignation on his role in a committee overseeing preparations for the 2022 elections.
Addressing delegates at the decentralization conference in Makueni County on Thursday, November 25, Koome, who chairs the intergovernmental committee, said there was no way his role would influence the outcome of surveys.
The CJ added that there was no political influence within the committee claiming that the judiciary was a key player in the country’s electoral system.
CJ Martha Koome leading the National Multisectoral Election Readiness Advisory Forum alongside Home Secretary Fred Matiang’i on November 23, 2021.
âThe Judicial Service Act gives me the mandate to be the link between the judiciary and other government agencies. It also creates the National Council for the Administration of Justice whose mandate is to collaborate and coordinate all actors in the administration of justice to ensure that in the end, we provide flawless service â ,
âI met with an intergovernmental committee on the preparation of the elections, and I was attacked for holding the meeting. The judiciary cannot do justice on its own, âsaid the CJ.
Koome further lambasted the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party for its unwarranted demands and questioned the criticism she would have received had she met with politicians.
âI wondered what would happen if I met politicians? Koome asked.
The CJ was reacting after Ruto’s allies, led by Garissa Township MP Aden Duale, accused Koome of interfering in the affairs of an independent institution.
The leaders asserted that the CJ would be in conflict in case of filing of a presidential request in 2022.
“Madam Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court, you cannot wear two hats as you prepare for the elections and when the elections are over you want to wear another hat as an independent bailiff in determining the presidential election.
“She has to follow what the constitution says. We will file a formal complaint as UDA within the next couple of days. She’s out of service. Either you resign as chief justice and be one of our competitors. is no problem for us. You can give them legal advice, “he demanded.
Therefore, UDA General Secretary Veronica Maina wrote a letter to IEBC President Wafula Chebukati demanding that the CJ relinquish his post on the crucial intergovernmental committee.
However, various leaders have come to the defense of Koome stating that previous JCs have participated in election preparation committees.
“Stop intimidating CJ Martha Koome, when CJ Maraga was on the election preparation committee, they didn’t say anything. Koome is there as president of the National Council for the Administration of Justice. They are attacking him. because she is a CJ superwoman, âsaid the governor of Machakos. , said Alfred Mutua.
DP William Ruto and Garissa Town MP Aden Duale in Busia on Saturday 23 October 2021.
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