- Maraga has condemned the disregard of court orders by Government officers in the recent few days.
- Chief of the Supreme Court maintained that all state officers take oath of office to protect and uphold the constitution.
Chief Justice David Maraga has said defying a court order is not only a violation of constitution but also a negligence of public duty. In a statement, Maraga has condemned the disregard of court orders by Government officers in the recent few days which he termed as a worrying trend in the administration of justice. “Compliance of court orders is not an option by an individual or institution. Neither is it a favour to be doled out to the Judiciary. Rather is a crucial matter of constitutional and civil obligation. If any party is aggrieved by a court order there are legal mechanism to have it reviewed, varied or set aside or even appealing against it,” part of the statement read.
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The Chief of the Supreme Court maintained that all state officers take oath of office to protect and uphold the constitution and therefore they are obliged to comply with court orders as they are part of the constitution they swore to. “I wish to reiterate that every Government Officer, Government institution or private citizen are obliged to comply with court orders failure to do so there are consequences,” Mr. Maraga added.
Additionally, the staunch Seventh Day Adventist believer said judges and magistrates will invoke legal avenues to enforce the court orders.
Mr. Maraga speaks in connection the High Court Judge Luka Kimaru who had earlier ordered the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss George Kinoti to appear before the court over Miguna Miguna’s illegal detention. However the two to failed to produce Miguna in court with new orders from the judge requiring them to appear in person on Tuesday at 9am by but again failed to turn up.
Meanwhile Maraga has insisted that the Judiciary will continue with its constitutional duties with independence and authority to ensure equality in obeying the law.