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CJ Maraga slams politicians for ‘lynching’ judges

He made the statement after National Assembly Leader of Majority Adan Duale criticised High Court Judge George Odunga over some of his rulings/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 23 – Chief Justice David Maraga says judges must be allowed to discharge their duties independently even when controversies and disputes arise.

He made the statement after National Assembly Leader of Majority Adan Duale criticised High Court Judge George Odunga over some of his rulings.

Maraga said judges will continue to discharge their mandate fairly, impartially and firmly.

He has asked the Leader of Majority to stop what he terms as “public lynching of Judges” saying all Arms of Government must work within the framework of mutual respect and constitutionalism.

“We will not be intimidated and blackmailed, either as individual judges or as an institution. This is what we owe the Kenyan public, as well as to our oaths of office,” he said.

“Hon Duale must stop the public lynching of judges who are merely performing their constitutional duties.”

The Chief Justice highly praised Justice Odunga saying he, “has been a major factor of transformation of Kenya’s Judiciary and the International respect and acclaim the institution has continued to draw, has been, in part, contributed to by Justice Odunga’s decisions and conduct.”

Justice Odunga has made several rulings that have overturned government positions for example during the controversial security amendments, where he dismissed a number of clauses as unconstitutional.

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