Kenya president sticks by embattled CJ

April 3, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 3 – President Mwai Kibaki on Friday rejected a petition lodged against Chief Justice Evan Gicheru by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).

In a response to the LSK petition, written by Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Muthaura, the President said he had full confidence with the work of Justice Gicheru.

“The President has no reason to doubt the ability of the Hon. Chief Justice Evans Gicheru to discharge the responsibilities of his Office,” he said.

He said the President had studied the petition presented through the Minister for Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional affairs and concluded that the petition was without merit.

The LSK had written to the President last year demanding the establishment of a Tribunal to investigate the conduct of the CJ, whom they accused of frustrating reforms in the Judiciary.

Ms Karua has also accused the CJ of failing to effectively manage judicial affairs in the country.

Led by Gibson Kamua Kuria and Kibe Mungai a group of lawyers have differed with LSK and supported the CJ.

On his part Justice Gicheru said he will not resign unless a Tribunal appointed by the President investigates his conduct.

In efforts to make the judicial system more efficient, President Kibaki on Thursday appointed five new Judges.

The appointments were however criticised after Justice Minister Karua said she was not consulted and that she only see the appointments on television like the rest of Kenyans.


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