Judicial populism is Hustler Nation’s newest strategy to defeat reforms

High Court bench

(From Left) Lady Justice Teresia Matheka, Justices George Odunga, Joel Ngugi (presiding), Jairus Ngaah and Chacha Mwita at the High Court in Nairobi on May 13, 2021, where they delivered the judgement on eight consolidated petitions challenging the BBI push.

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What you need to know:

  • The Judiciary is the new frontier in ‘Hustler ideology’, a form of politics that drives a sharp wedge between the rich and the poor.
  • This week’s High Court ruling is also an assault on county assemblies, the Senate and the National Assembly, which voted for the document. 

We live in the age of populism. Defined as a political approach that strives to appeal to Wanjiku (ordinary people) who feel their concerns are disregarded by established elite groups, populism pervades every sector of our society.


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