RUTO is now hated all over as African Judges join RAILA and others in condemning him for attacking KOOME and the Judiciary – You won’t believe what they said.

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 – President William Ruto’s attack on the Judiciary has not gone down well with many people both within and without Kenya.

After Azimio Leaders, led by Raila Odinga, criticized Ruto for his tirade against Chief Justice Martha Koome’s Judiciary, African Judges have also voiced their concerns.

Africa Judges and Jurists Forum (AJJF) faulted Ruto's description of the judiciary as tyrannical and riddled with impunity.

In a statement, AJFF further condemned Ruto for accusing Chief Justice Martha Koome-led Judiciary of collaborating with some opposition figures to frustrate the government agenda. 

AJFF regretted that the utterances by the President were an attack on the independence of the Judiciary and also posed a threat to its existence. 

“Ruto’s utterances concerning the Judiciary have the effect of intimidating judicial officers from exercising their functions impartially, especially considering that the courts are currently seized with cases in which the legality of certain government policies is being challenged,” the statement read in part. 

Additionally, AJFF interpreted the attacks as erasing public confidence in the independence of the Judiciary. 

Explaining its reasoning, AJFF argued that should the courts rule in favour of the government's agenda, it would be interpreted by the public as bowing to Ruto’s threats. 

President William Ruto and other members of the Kenya Kwanza administration have persistently painted the Judicial Service Commission as inept in dealing with corrupt judges. 

The judges, similar to CJ Martha Koome, urged Ruto to follow the laid down procedure for removing corrupt judicial officers from office. 

Instead of playing to the court of public opinion, he was requested to table any evidence he had on corrupt judges and magistrate.


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