• 26 Jan 2024
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  • 〜 by Anne Ndungu

A meeting held on Monday between President William Ruto and Chief Justice Martha Koome sparked widespread controversy in the country. Parliament Speaker Moses Wetangula and Senate Speaker Amazon Kingi also attended, ensuring representation from all three arms of government. Subsequent revelations disclosed that the primary focus of the meeting was to address and combat corruption within the government. Attendees pledged to submit proposals to the National Council of the Administration of Justice (NCAJ) forum within 30 days.

However, the gathering has provoked significant backlash, particularly from members of the legal profession. Opposition leader Raila Odinga has also expressed concern, interpreting the meeting as a potential attempt to compromise the judiciary. Prior to the meeting, the President had publicly accused the judiciary of corruption, alleging that it was impeding his development initiatives and sabotaging government plans. This background adds fuel to the outrage, as critics see the meeting as a potential manoeuvre to exert influence over the judiciary rather than a genuine effort to address corruption.