President Uhuru Kenyatta has insisted he won’t appoint the remaining six judges nominated by JSC for elevation to the Court of Appeal.
Kenyatta said his conscience was clear after receiving an extensive report from various security agencies and the National Intelligence Service (NIS).
During a meeting with Akamba elders on Monday at State House, Uhuru said he wouldn’t bow down to pressure.
The Head of State repeated his sentiments regarding the integrity of the six and touching on the unpleasant report submitted by the National spy agency.
“I took an oath to both the spirit and letter of the law and it is not open to me to ignore reports about our State agencies,” said Kenyatta.
Over the weekend, ODM party leader challenged the Judicial Service Commission led by CJ Martha Koome and President Uhuru Kenyatta to make a public declaration against the six nominees.
A source at State House revealed Uhuru informed former CJ David Maraga regarding the issue and advised him to appoint others who met the integrity mark.
However, Maraga dismissed the President’s proposal and insisted he appoints all the nominees or none. Recently, Maraga said he read mischief regarding the dismissal of the six.
During a State House gathering Kenyatta said his moral standards would not allow him to appoint the rejected six judges.
Critics, however, question the authenticity of the rejection, yet they continue to serve in the judiciary.
Politically, the President urged Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka to solidify their union with National Super Alliance (NASA) allies. This was as he tried to defend his 2018 handshake with the former Prime Minister.
“I have managed to do so much compared to what I did during my first time because currently, I’m focused on development agenda more than politics,” said the President.
Kenyatta will tour Makueni and Machakos county on June 28 and Kitui the following day. During his visit, he’ll commission finished projects and inspect ongoing ones.