Chief Justice David Maraga dismisses claim he is intimidating judges

Chief Justice David Maraga on Saturday dismissed the claim that he is intimidating judges.

Through the director of communications at the Judiciary, Dr Naim Bilal, Mr Maraga termed the allegation propaganda.

“That is nonsensical propaganda which we will not dignify with further comment,” said Dr Bilal.

Activist Okiya Omtatah had on Friday accused Mr Maraga of succumbing to pressure from third parties to intimidate judges and stop them from issuing orders against the government.

“Judicial independence means that judges are not subject to pressure and influence, and are free to make impartial decisions based solely on fact and law,” Mr Omtatah wrote.

He claimed that Mr Maraga was planning to transfer Justice Enock Chacha Mwita for issuing temporary orders stopping Parliament from prosecuting a petition seeking to remove Auditor-General Edward Ouko from office. The activist has a pending court case which challenges the petition against Mr Ouko.

The petition was lodged by a Nairobi lawyer Emmanuel Mwagambo Mwagonah who accused Mr Ouko of corruption and abuse of office.

On March 13, Justice Mwita issued the temporary orders that consequently granted reprieve to Mr Ouko.

However, the National Assembly and its Speaker, though lawyer Wangechi Thanji, filed a Notice of Appeal on Friday protesting the order and vowed to challenge it.

“The National Assembly and its Speaker being dissatisfied with the decision of Justice Mwita given on March 13, intend to appeal to the Court of Appeal against the whole of the said decision,” read the notice.

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