I let down Kenya – former CJ Mutunga confesses

The former the Supreme Court President opened up in a special interview with BBC

Mutunga made the revelations in a lengthy interview with the BBC during which he challenged the young generation to heed the older generation’s advice without necessarily being controlled by it.

“My generation has let down the country, and I put myself in that position as well. I am asking the younger generations in Kenya to consider the wisdom of an older person but not to control or tell them. They have to choose their own leaders and control their own movements,” he said.

The founding President of Kenya’s Supreme Court further shared blame on Kenyans over the failure to build strong institutions.

He gave the example of the Judiciary which has been accused of lacking credibility due to criticism raised by politically biased individuals.

“I blame Kenyans for not building strong institutions. If judges decide a case based on the Constitution, evidence and the law, but Kenyans are organised on the basis of ethnicity. So when their ethnic baron says ‘our victory was stolen’, you will have 10 million Kenyans baying for your blood and another 10 million Kenyans singing your praises,” he added.

The former Chief Justice also touched on the problem of extra judicial killings, and accused the security forces of failing in their duty to protect Kenyans.


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