NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 16 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has called on Kenyans to focus their attention on reforming the country’s institutions instead of vilifying them.,
Mr Musyoka particularly defended the judiciary from criticism, saying that it had done a tremendous job and should be commended.
“Officers in the judiciary are not angels and should be corrected whenever they go wrong,” the Vice President said.
He praised the judiciary for establishing a public relations wing and urged the media to help shape the correct perception of the judiciary.
Mr Musyoka was speaking on Sunday during a thanksgiving service for Lady Justice Joyce Alouch following her appointment as a judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ceremony was held at the ACK St. Francis Church, in Karen, Nairobi.
The service was conducted by the Head of the Anglican Church in Kenya Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi.
The Vice President congratulated Justice Alouch for her new appointment saying her election had made both Kenya and Africa proud.
Mr Musyoka lauded her for championing the Children’s Rights and Girl Guide movement besides setting up high standards in the judiciary.
He said her election to ICC comes at a very crucial time when Kenyans were debating whether to take the perpetrators of the post-election violence to stand trial at The Hague or have a local tribunal.
The Vice President also said it was now time for Kenyans to get a new Constitution without going to a contested referendum.
Justice Alouch who was accompanied by her husband and children called on the government to consider giving equal opportunities to both men and women during civil service appointments.
She said women have a lot to offer since they are as qualified as men hence should be given a chance like their male counterparts.
Justice Riaga Omolo of the Court of Appeal who attended the function called on Kenyans to treat the Judiciary fairly and stop portraying them as people who have been compromised.
“Kenyans are not treating us fairly, we are seen to be taking orders or money from some quarters,” he said.
He said if the judiciary was wicked then Justice Alouch would not have been elected an ICC judge while Justice Philip Waki would not have been lauded for his (Commission of Inquiry into Post Election Violence) report.
“We want Kenyans to treat us like ordinary people with ordinary problems and who are ready to solve their problems,” he said.
The thanksgiving service was attended by several judges and other dignitaries among others.