Kalonzo questions Ruto’s acts of wanting to appease the Judiciary, telling him to keep off judicial matters.
Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has asked President William Ruto to steer off the affairs of the Judiciary.
Kalonzo spoke in Mombasa countyduring the swearing-in of Mombasa governor Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir.
He told the new president to give the judiciary financial autonomy to ensure that the arm of government is free from executive pressure.
Kalonzo said that judicial independence was urgent in Ruto’s government because there were tendencies that the head of state wanted to control the Judiciary.
“I would want to see an independent Judiciary if not, we will not have a country. “Kiongozi hawezi kuwa kiongozi ikiwa kazi yake ni kutishia wenzake,” Kalonzo said.
The Wiper party leader also lauded Ruto for giving the police service freedom to handle their finances.
He said the same can be done for the judiciary. “I want to congratulate the president for giving the police an independent budget, but I would want to see the Judiciary taking control of its own money, not being given money as if it is being given handouts,” Kalonzo advised.
The Azimio la Umoja co-principal advised that once the sensitive arm of government is separated from the executive budget, the country will have started a journey in the right direction.
Kalonzo’s comments come after Ruto said there were plans to increase the judiciary budget by an additional KSh 3 billion for the next 5 years.
The amount will add to the current KSh 18.9 billion allocated in the 2022-23 judicial budget.