Attorney General hits out at NASA for misrepresenting legal issues

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Attorney General Githu Muigai
Attorney General Githu Muigai

Attorney General Githu Muigai has slammed opposition leaders for not taking an honest stand on issues dealing with treason. NASA leaders have maintained their stance that they’ll swear in Raila Odinga, despite the fact that the Attorney General has repeatedly said it amounts to treason. Speaking during the launch of the National Action Plan on Legal Aid in Nairobi, Attorney General Githu  Muigai criticized opposition politicians, “There are Senator Politicians who can never seem to keep their mouth shut on issues they have no idea about. Some Senators say there is nothing in Kenya like treason law, it’s colonial law. Section 40 and 42 of the Constitution are intact, they were never changed by the new Constitution,” he said, “The essence of the law of treason is to protect the Constitutional order.”

He said there are lawyer politicians who haven’t read law books for a long period of time, therefore, they lead Kenyans astray with their statements. “Thre are also a group of public intellectuals who comment on every issue,” he said, adding that those who are conversant with the law and practice law owe the public a duty of care, and they should stop reckless individuals from misinforming the public. He reiterated that the law is currently more available than it has ever been in the history of Kenya.

Furthermore, he castigated those who are against his public stance on issues dealing with criminal law, given that he has been on the forefront against NASA’s plans to swear in Raila Odinga. “You have fellows writing opinion pages saying the Attorney General shouldn’t be commenting on criminal law, the role belongs to the Director of Public Prosecutions who is the prosector. But the Attorney General is the chief legal advisor of the government and the defender of the rule of law, the rule of law includes criminal justice,” he said.