Constitutional lawyer Senior Counsel Ahmednassir Abdullahi criticised Supreme Court judges for lining up outside Parliament to receive President William Ruto on Thursday, September 29, 2022.
Ahmednasir criticises how CJ Koome received Ruto in Parliament
His criticism was supported by several legal minds, including Siaya Governor Senior Counsel James Orengo
Ahmednasir argued that Chief Justice Martha Koome and Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu’s actions were not in line with the conduct of judicial officers.
“Totally out of order for the CJ and DCJ to line up with politicians and receive the President outside Parliament...CJ and DCJ must realise they are judges of the Supreme Court and are thus judicial officers,” he said.
He explained that the two should have been in the waiting room reserved for judges.
His criticism was supported by several legal minds, including Siaya Governor Senior Counsel James Orengo, who also expressed disapproval of Koome and Mwilu’s conduct.
“Entirely agree with SC Ahmednassir Abdullahi. Not even during KANU's hegemony did judges line up in their regalia to receive Jomo and Moi outside judicial premises. It was not even a colonial practice and must be called out for what it is. Judicial capture,” Orengo said.
However, a section of Kenyans said that they found nothing out of order with the Judiciary bosses at the event which also featured other arms of government.
The Supreme Court has also received criticism from the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance for dismissing the presidential election petition filed by former presidential candidate Raila Odinga.
The coalition took issue with the court's findings and the language of the bench used in it’s determination of the petition.
In a statement signed by Azimio lawyer Paul Mwangi and Raila’s campaign spokesperson Makau Mutua, Azimio also questioned whether the Supreme Court was serving the purpose for which it was established.
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