Chief Justice MARTHA KOOME now begs RUTO for a sit-down after his attack on Judiciary and GACHAGUA’s threats - Look!

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 - Chief Justice Martha Koome now wants to have a roundtable meeting with President William Ruto.

This follows his attack on the Judiciary and the subsequent threat by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua to file a petition seeking to remove Justice Esther Maina for her rulings against him.

Addressing journalists outside the Supreme Court yesterday in her capacity as Chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), Koome maintained that the body mandated to investigate the conduct of judicial officers was ready to receive the petition and act on it appropriately.

She further revealed that the JSC had developed the code of conduct for judges and magistrates which was approved by Parliament in 2020. 

Laws governing petitions are still undergoing the approval process.

"I urge our politicians to stop discussing live matters in public to allow the judges to engage with the matters objectively. If somebody is dissatisfied, follow the appeal," she stated.

"I think someone said in the news yesterday one (a petition) will be filed on Thursday. We are ready to receive it even if it comes earlier than Thursday. 

"That is what we do. Even after hours, you can file online and we will receive it the next day."

In her address, the CJ further noted that JSC was cognisant of complaints by Ruto over the conduct of some judges and had since written to him requesting for a meeting. They are yet to receive a response.

"We have written requesting an appointment with His Excellency the President so that we as the Commission can have a dialogue to discuss and find out the real issue," she added.

"He might have received reports because we have various machineries charged with the responsibility of collecting information. We want to engage him for that information."

According to the conduct, a judge, magistrate, or Judicial officer can be removed after showing an inability to perform functions due to their mental or physical state, abuse of conduct, bankruptcy, incompetence, or gross misconduct.


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