Maraga, Mutunga accused of sabotaging CJ Martha Koome

We condemn casual misogyny displayed by Mutunga and Maraga - MYWO

Former Chief Justices David Maraga and Dr Willy Mutunga

Former Chief Justices David Maraga and Dr Willy Mutunga have been indicted on what has been termed as "mansplaining".

In a statement seen by Pulse Live, the Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organization have accused the two of sabotaging CJ Martha Koome in their recent utterances.

According to MYWO, Maraga and Dr Mutunga erred in taking up the issue of judicial appointments with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The women's rights organization further accused the two of attempting to impose their own legal philosophy and interpretation of the Constitution on the new CJ.

"Both Willy Mutunga and David Maraga have opted to totally bypass Martha Koome in their bid to impose their own legal philosophy and interpretation of the Constitution on her, in effect implying that the current CJ is incapable of carrying out her duties to their lofty standards of supposed perfection.

"This 'mansplaining' behaviour is common in many workplaces, where men by their speech act as though women are incapable of understanding complex concepts unless the men give detailed explanations," the statement read in part.

MYWO went on to accuse the retired jurists of displaying chauvinist tendencies which acted as a setback for the gains made in the pursuit of gender equality.

"This demonstrates to us that though we have made massive strides in the fight for women's rights, we still have a long way to go. We all have to do more to alter attitudes and mainstream women's excellence in society. Until women are respected as equal members of this society, the fight for gender equality is far from over," the statement by MYWO National Secretary Elizabeth Mayieka read.

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