Uproar as Uhuru goes for Judiciary

President Uhuru Kenyatta accompanied by First Lady Margaret (left) and Deputy President William Ruto and his wife Rachel (right) leave Eldoret Sports Club where they attended prayers organised by the Joyful Women Organisation, Friday. A constitutional crisis is looming following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s suspension of six members of the Judicial Service Commission despite a court order. PHOTO|JARED NYATAYA

What you need to know:

  • The decision drew immediate reaction from the Law Society of Kenya, with chairman Eric Mutua saying that this will open fresh battle lines between the executive and the judiciary and that it is likely to be inconsequential unless the court order is lifted.
  • Senior Counsel Paul Muite who is the Judicial Service Commission lawyer in their dispute with the National Assembly over the suspension of the six commissioners, said he was surprised at the president’s action on parliament’s recommendation.
  • Siaya Senator James Orengo termed the President’s move as “unfortunate and tragic”, saying it undermined the independence of the judiciary.

A constitutional crisis is looming following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s suspension of six members of the Judicial Service Commission despite a court order.

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