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Opinion: Judiciary Arm Continues to Show its Mighty by Overruling Uhuru's Government, Signifies a New Era

Kenya's judiciary arm of government has continued to express its powers over major government decision signalling a new era of governance in the country's history. It has made several rulings that have left president Uhuru Kenyatta's government with no any other option other than accepting while hoping for successful appeals.Today's ruling on Huduma number registration is yet another big blow to Uhuru. Even after the state spending billions of money for the exercise with several Kenyans already in possession of the Huduma card,the court didn't hesitate to declare it illegal. However,through Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i,the state has promised to appeal the ruling.This comes almost at the same time when the same Judiciary has nullified a law that was seeking to introduce academic qualifications to all candidates seeking elective positions. The law had been sponsored by the government with members of parliament passing it at the floor of the house only to be rejected and termed as discriminatory.Earlier on,the judges of the high court also stopped the highly popularised Building Bridges Initiative that was mainly funded by the state. Efforts to resuscitate the process that was to culminate in to a referendum were quashed by the appellate court. There is minimal chances that it may survive in the supreme court with the two lower courts having rejected it.

President Uhuru is also staring at numerous court orders that has challenged his decisions as the head of state. This might ultimately haunt him when he retires since he now enjoys the constitutional presidential immunity.With the Judiciary stumping it's authority,it's relationship with the other arms of the government could be in jeopardy given that their powers have been restricted or overturned by it. However,it remains unclear on if the Judiciary rulings are genuine and out of the constitutional basis mere witch-hunt and activism.

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