Chief Justice (CJ) Martha Koome defies Raila Odinga’s warning as she meets President William Ruto at State House.
Azimio leader Raila Odinga has slammed Chief Justice Martha Koome over meeting President William Ruto at the State House.
Speaking on Monday, January 22, Raila referred to CJ Koome’s action as reckless and stated that a meeting between the Judiciary and Executive branches should take place in a neutral setting.
According to Raila, the Judiciary is being held captive by the Executive.
“Chief Justice, the head of Judiciary has gone for a meeting with the President in State House this is in our view is an irresponsible move, if there is supposed to be a dialogue, the dialogue should be held in a neutral place, State House is the seat of the Executive that is where the President resides,” said Raila.
He added, “This means the Judiciary is being compromised by the Executive, the Judiciary is being held hostage and we have seen this before. We saw it happen under the rule of Moi and we have tried to caution the Chief Justice not to go bed with the Executive it is an unfortunate development.”
In addition, Raila called on other members of the Judiciary not to be compromised and to exercise their work in accordance with the constitution.
“We want the judges to remain firm and do their work in accordance to the law and the constitution of our country,” Raila stated.
Raila’s remarks come after CJ Koome on Monday morning met Ruto at State House to discuss contentious issues pitting the Executive and the Judiciary.
The Opposition Leader Raila Odinga had earlier warned CJ Koome against engaging Ruto insisting that it would compromise the Judiciary.
Raila insisted that the move would erode the public confidence of a just and independent judiciary.
“There is no need for the Judiciary to negotiate with President Ruto. The Chief Justice is talking about having a dialogue with the Executive, which is not an active case in the court, that is how to compromise justice. Let the judges do their things independently,” said the Azimio leader.
The former premier also condemned the President for disregarding the Judiciary, adding that there is an option to seek for appeal if one disagrees with a court ruling.