Respect the president: Sabina Chege accuses judges of contempt after BBI ruling

By Collins Osanya On Mon, 17 May, 2021 06:30 | 2 mins read
Respect the president, Sabina tells judge
Muranga Woman Rep Sabina Chege: PHOTO/courtesy.

Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege has accused the High Court judges who declared the BBI bill (2020) unconstitutional of contempt against President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Speaking at Maragua constituency on Sunday, May 16, Chege asked the BBI proponents to challenge the May 13 decision adding that there was contempt between the Judiciary and executive.

“Some things are just plain contempt. What the judges said about the president is not good. They should respect the president,” Chege said referring to the judge’s decision which stated that the Head of State can be sued in his personal capacity.

“If they (the judges) are giving their opinion saying that they don’t want the constitution to be changed, they should have first allowed the more than 45 million Kenyans to voice their decision on the matter,” the Muranga Women Rep said.

In her statement, the legislator challenged the court’s decision which stated that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was not properly constituted.

The lawmaker poked holes on the court’s judgment pointing out that IEBC conducted elections without the total number of commissioners in office as expected.

IEBC has only three commissioners in office; chairman Wafula Chebukati, Boya Molu and Abdi Guliye instead of the required seven after three hastily left office in 2018 and one in 2017.

“The IEBC conducted by-elections recently, why didn’t the courts stop that process? If they (the judges) are going to make decisions, they should not be biased,” Chege stated.

The Woman Rep further accused the judges of choosing to settle old scores through their judgment saying, “I know some judges are in the list of 41 judges that the president refused to appoint to superior courts.  This is not the time to settle scores.

This is not the time to compete on who is powerful and who isn’t. I would like to remind these judges that Kenya is theirs as much as it ours. If matters in Kenya go wrong, it will find them here too,” Chege said.

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