Linda Katiba has come out in protest against the move by President Uhuru Kenyatta to attack the Judiciary in his speech during Madaraka Day celebrations.
On Thursday, the movement’s head of secretariat, Wanjeri Nderu, said that Linda Katiba is deeply troubled by the President’s onslaught directed to the Judiciary.
Nderu said that President Kenyatta’s remarks appeared to be tantamount to a declaration of political anarchy.
“Whatever one thinks about the merits of a matter before a court, there is no place for threats, whether real or figurative,” Nderu said in a statement.
Uhuru reportedly used part of his speech during the Madaraka celebrations in Kisumu to blast the Judiciary for what he termed as irresponsible rulings that negate the will of the people.
He claimed that the recent judgement on BBI overturns the people’s will, diminishes their power, and stifled efforts to correct ills that have bedeviled the country.
“From nullification of a presidential election in 2017 to an effort to impede the will of the people as articulated through BBI, the Judiciary has tested Kenya’s constitutional limits,” he said.
According to Linda Katiba, personal attacks on judges by any elected officer, including the President, are inappropriate and unacceptable.
The movement further argued that such comments challenge the reputation of the third co-equal branch of the state government, the independence of the Judiciary, and the personal safety of the judicial officers.
Linda Katiba added that it is incumbent upon the Head of State and other state officers whose sworn duty is to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law to try their best to preserve the judicial system’s integrity.
It said that the independence of the Judiciary, free of external pressure or political intimidation, lies at the foundation of Kenya’s constitutional democracy.
“President Kenyatta’s constant vindictive attacks, threatening, bullying and intimidation on the Judiciary must stop. If he feels aggrieved, there is a legal mechanism for redress,” read part of the statement.