The 5-judge bench that ruled the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) null and void was alerted by Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju.
In an interview with NTV on Monday, May 17, the Cabinet Secretary without portfolio reminded the judges that they are reliant on the same government that is allegedly battling and frustrating them. He also accused them of abusing President Uhuru Kenyatta by addressing him as "Mr," as well as restricting his powers as a sign of national unity.
On Thursday, May 13, Justices Teresia Matheka, Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Jairus Ngaah, and Chacha Mwita ruled that the BBI initiative was unconstitutional and that by holding a referendum, Uhuru had failed to honor, preserve, and safeguard the Constitution.
"Judges should learn the term 'interdependence,' since they require policemen to accompany them home as guards or drivers as soon as they finish a ruling; the world is far more complicated."
"We're a bit more modest than the judges who say, 'This is how it is, period!'" If you don't like it, don't buy it! Tuju chastised the judges, which his detractors interpreted as a foreshadowing of the government removing the justices' protection.
President Nelson Havi of the Law Society of Kenya led a group of lawyers and Kenyans in expressing their displeasure with Tuju's comments.
"Raphael Tuju, I want you to hear and understand what I'm doing. Your antics seem to be beyond limits. Judges volunteer to work with a government branch. Protection is a right for them, not a privilege. The Uganda of the 1970s is no longer the Uganda of today. You'll live to regret it if you cross the line again "Havi issued a cautionary statement.
"The Executive's provision of security to the judges is a privilege, not a favor. The police force belongs to all Kenyans, not just the government. They must provide equal service to all people "J Kiprotich was one of the people who added something to the conversation.
In his interview, Tuju cautioned politicians not to rejoice over the BBI decision, arguing that the initiative was intended to promote peace and unity.
"Those who are celebrating the High Court decision nullifying the BBI are dancing on the graves of Kenyans killed by political violence." This form of decision places our institutions to the test (BBI) if Nairobi was one of Africa's failed states, military vehicles will be seen on the streets.
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