The Building Bridges Initiative was stopped by the High Court in May after finding many counts of illegalities done by President Kenyatta in initiating the bill. The High Court decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal who found that the promoters of the bill did not follow due process within the constraints of the constitution.
The decision by the court was a big blow to Uhuru and Raila who were the key players in the document and which they intended in using to secure Raila Odinga's presidency in 2022.
With the decision to stop BBI, Uhuru Kenyatta's sentiments four years ago may have led to the court's decision. Just after the nullification of the 2017 general election, the president was angered to a point of uttering some disturbing statements.
“We have a problem with our Judiciary but regardless, we respect, but we shall revisit,” Uhuru said. He added that “Who even elected you? Were you? We have a problem and we must fix it."
Kenyatta was furious about the nullification of his win in the elections and wanted to revisit the Judiciary. This came true as under BBI it was proposed that an Ombudsman who is appointed by the President, be checking on the Judiciary.
This is a violation of the independence of the Judiciary by the executive because its roles are prescribed within the constitution and should always be independent.
Having read this, do you think that the court's decision on BBI was because of President Kenyatta's sentiments? Share your thoughts.
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