Former CJ Mutunga urges judges to go on strike over government’s failure to obey court orders

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 29 Oct, 2021 07:44 | < 1 min read
Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga PHOTO/COURTESY

Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has urged judges in the country to go on strike over what he terms as an incessant disrespect of the Judiciary by the Executive arm of government.

Mutunga said that it is high time time the Executive respects the Judiciary saying that the stand-off between the two arms of government would lead to a more worrying situation.

“The Executive should respect court orders and it is wrong to disrespect the rule of law,” the former Chief Justice said.

In June, Mutunga made a similar call to President Kenyatta asking him to step down if he was not ready to respect the law.

In a scathing attack, penned on a four page barrage, Mutunga told President Kenyatta to instead resist “those who have built a thriving pettiness cottage industry, completely consumed by the pursuit of personal vendetta, at the expense of the national good and Kenya’s fledgling constitutional democracy”.

Mutunga’s move seems to have been engineered by Uhuru's adamancy to appoint six Judges despite a court order.

Two days ago, President Uhuru Kenyatta moved to the Court of Appeal seeking to suspend orders issued by a lower court requiring him to appoint the remaining six nominees as Judges within the next 14 days.

Through lawyer Waweru Gatonye, President Kenyatta in an application to the appellate court, said that the decision and orders of the High court issued last week, have the potential effect of creating a conflict between the office of the Chief Justice and the office of the President of Kenya.