Former VP Kalonzo Musyoka has chided in on the tussle between the Executive and the Judiciary, stating that CJ Maraga should have approached a mediator before calling for a presser and subsequently airing dirty linen in public.
Speaking to Anne Kiguta on Punchline on Sunday, 21st June 2020, the Wiper Leader said that there ought to exist a seamless relationship between the Office of the President and that of the Chief Justice.
‘I’m a mediator. I’m available to speak to the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya…”
The CJ is on record twice taking on the President on air. In the first incident that happened in November last year, the CJ came out to lay bare the frustrations he had been facing in his office while pointing an accusatory finger at the Executive.
”The CJ is not accorded the respect due to his office in quite a number of State functions. CSs and PSs are cleared to enter State House before the CJ, the CJ is told to wait”, he lamented in a lone presser held at the Supreme Court.
In the second incident, CJ Maraga issued a press statement berating President Uhuru Kenyatta for refusing to appoint 41 judges whose names had been presented to him.
However, Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka differed with the Chief Justice’s method of solving issues.
”This should not bring about bad blood. We cannot as a country afford to have bad blood between the Judiciary and the Executive or indeed the Legislature. I want to call his Lordship the Chief Justice to always go the mediation way.”
Also speaking on any intentions to impeach President Uhuru Kenyatta, the former VP faulted LSK President Nelson Havi for insinuating that the President needs to be impeached.
‘He is a new President (Nelson Havi), he needs to consult a little bit more. He can consult both the young lawyers and the old lawyers, it is important…”, the former VP stated during the 40 minute long interview.
Hon. Kalonzo also reiterated that the LSK’s role to government is advisory and that this role needs to be done in a manner that respects the Constitution and the office of the President.