Chief Justice David Maraga and the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) have hit back at President Uhuru Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto and NASA leader Raila Odinga for persistently criticising the Judiciary.
In a statement released by the CJ on August 2 2017 JSC criticised the political class for making statements that question the integrity of the Judiciary.
He said the Judiciary is independent and non-partisan and will now cow to intimidation.
Maraga singled out instances where the politicians have criticised judges over the rulings they have made in different cases.
Demands by Jubilee
He particularly expressed his dismay at the recent demands by Jubilee party that Judge George Odunga be removed from all election related cases.
Jubilee wrote to Maraga on August 1 2017, demanding that justice Odunga be excluded from hearing cases as he is partisan, related to Siaya Senator James Orengo.
“The attacks have recently become bolder, persistent and institutionalised and have now climaxed with this week’s demands by Jubilee party, contained in a letter to CJ by party secretary general Raphael Tuju, asking that Judge George Odunga recuses himself or be removed from his current assignments, ” the statement read in part.
Others Maraga criticised are DP Ruto and Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale.