President Uhuru Kenyatta has reiterated his support for the Judiciary, despite the differences of opinion between the Judiciary and the Executive. Speaking at the Supreme Court during the presentation of the State of the Judiciary and Administration of Justice Report for 2018/2019, with several leaders present including Deputy President William Ruto and Chief Justice David Maraga, President Kenyatta stated that there have been differences between the Executive and the Judiciary, but indicated that this doesn’t mean its independence is under threat, “My respect for the Judiciary’s independence is strong,” he affirmed.
However, he has urged the Judiciary to set high standards for itself in its operations, even as some Kenyans are pointing fingers and accusing it of being a weak link in the graft war and entertaining compromises. He said judicial officers aren’t above the law, “There is a growing feeling based on events that judicial officers and legal professionals are beyond the reach of the law thanks to Court orders issued and in other words using the law to protect individuals from the law. This I believe is a profound assault on justice,” he said. He said the double standards endanger the Constitutional dispensation and if allowed to continue may lead to judicial tyranny. “The judiciary cannot apply one standard for others and another for itself, a crook is a crook, whether in a judge or advocate’s robes.”
President Kenyatta added that the Judiciary isn’t immune to the corruption scourge and that there are culprits who exploit the Court processes and its Judges to escape from the consequences of economic. He further pointed out that Kenyans may end up bearing the weight of Courts stalling big projects that require a lot of money, either through injunctions or stopping the projects altogether. The common mwananchi may end up catering for the interests and penalty payments on the loans of some of these projects.