NARC Kenyan party leader Martha Karau has blasted former Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga for asking Chief Justice Martha Koome to call on judges to go on strike.
Mutunga wants the judges to go on strike for the government’s failure to obey court orders and the failure of President Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint six judges.
Reacting to Mutunga’s sentiment, Karua it is unethical for the former CJ to start telling his successor how she should run the office. Martha claimed that Mutunga was asking Koome to do things that he could not do while he was still in office.
“There is an unspoken code saying that once you leave an office you do not try to direct your successor on what to do especially if there are things you never did yourself,” she said in an interview with Capital News.
“If you have recently left a seat you better agree that you have retired from that position and let the holder of that office do their job,” she added.
Speaking at the interview with the publication, Karua asked Mutunga to stop engaging in matters that don’t concern him and should instead enjoy his retirement.
Karua’s sentiment also comes days after CJ Koome also made a comment regarding Mutunga’s call for the judges to down their tools.
Koome noted that Mutunga’s sentiment was an incitement to the judges and would risk disrupting the Judiciary’s mandate to deliver services to Kenyans.
On the stand-off between the Judiciary and Executive following President Kenyatta refusal to appoint the six judges, Karua noted that the Head of State was making it difficult for the two arms of government to have a smooth relationship.
She accused the President of ignoring court orders and breaking the law by refusing to appoint the judges.
“ It is your role as the President to appoint the judges after the Judicial Service Commission selects them. It may be a ceremonial role, but it is your role but you have failed to do so despite many court orders,” Karua said.
By People Daily