NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 18 – The Law Society of Kenya has raised concerns over the continued disregard of court orders by various arms of government.
The LSK cited the recent impeachment of the Embu Governor despite the existence a court order as a recipe for chaos, and said it undermines the rule of law in the country.
Addressing the media on Tuesday, LSK Chairman Eric Mutua said all arms of Government should work together for the good of the country.
“The principle of separation of powers between the three arms of Government cannot be used as disguise to disobey court orders,” he said.
He appealed to the Judiciary to take appropriate action against those failing to obey court orders.
“When a decision of a court of law has been issued, whether you deem it to be right or wrong that decision must be obeyed in the first instance,” he stressed.
The society has also petitioned President Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint 25 new judges nominated by the Judicial Service Commission in January.
Mutua said that this will help address the increase of a case backlog in the country.
“The public has started witnessing the increase in case backlog in the Judiciary. This is being tackled in a multifaceted manner including the decentralisation of courts, better case management and the increase in the number of judicial officers,” Mutua added.
He has, in addition, asked the President to appoint three Judicial Service Commissioners to fill vacant positions to ensure smooth operations of the JSC.