High Court Judges Justice George Odunga, Joel Ngugi, Aggrey Muchelule and Weldon Korir who are among the six Judges who were left out by President Uhuru Kenyatta during his recent appointments [PHOTO COUTERSY]. The main reason why President Uhuru Kenyatta rejected the six Judges who were proposed by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), during his latest appointment of the new judges.
The current chief justice Martha koome has come out and talk about the issue of the appointment of the 6 judges who were not appointed by the president. President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed 34 judges, leaving out six among them justices Joel Ngugi and George Odunga who sat on a bench that discuss about the popular initiative Building Bridges initiative .
High Court Judge Aggrey Mchelule has been arrested. According to Kahawa Tungu news Judge Mchelule was detained along with others and was taken to the Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) headquarters for prosecution. It is not yet clear why the judge was detained. According to the head of state, Mchelule was one of the of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who were rejected for promotion due to integrity issues.
Constitutional Amendment Bill (2020) commonly known as Building Bridges Intiative (BBI) has continued to face hurdles since it's inception. After successful being approved by 43 county assemblies, the move to have referendum before the end of the year has been faced with challenges making it unattainable.
Learned professor of law Kithure Kindiki has disclosed to the Judges of the Court of Appeal that the issue of president of the having immune of the law is no longer in most of the world constitutions. According to him, the old idea of absolute immunity of Heads of State has been abandoned in all the constitutions of the world and under international law.
The five high Court Judges including Justice Joel Ngugi and George Odunga have been put on the spot once again by the Building Bridges Initiative promoters after the Narok County Senator Hon Ledama Olekina, who is one of the key proponents of the draft leaked a Crucial Evidence they ignored while making the infamous verdict against BBI in May.
President Uhuru Kenyatta in the recent past came under attack from the Judiciary after he failed to nominate names of six judges to top courts but it seems that he has a powerful person defending him. Being at the helm of the Judiciary, Chief Justice Martha Koome has left tongues wagging after she publicly backed President Kenyatta’s decision to omit six judges from a list of 40 individuals nominated by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
Martha Koome the acting chief justice and the Judicial Service Commission now want the court to dismiss a case challenging President decision to reject the nomination of six judges. According to the court papers the chief justice and the JSC Commission argue that the petition filed by Katiba Institute challenging the President’s decision has been overtaken by events and orders being sought against the chief justice cannot obtain.
It is bad news for the six judges who were left out by the President after refusing to swear them in. This is after the chief justice asks court to dismiss any petitions and case that seek to challenge President Uhuru’s decision on the six judges he left out; Prof. Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Aggrey Muchelule, Weldon Korir, Judith Omange and Evans Makori.
Chief Justice Martha Koome has opposed a case filed in court by Katiba Institute challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s failure to appoint six judges as recommended by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC). President Kenyatta had in June appointed 34 judges from a list of 41 submitted by JSC and left out the six that included George Odunga, Aggrey Muchelule, Joel Ngugi, Weldon Korir, Judith Cheruiyot and Evans Makori.
High Court Judes Joel Ngugi and George Odunga who were instrumental in the nullification of the Raila and Uhuru BBI initiative fate hangs on the balance after Chief Justice Martha Koome made demands to one of the lobby groups that had filed a case against the president at the high courts.
The High Court judge who sits at Nairobi's Milimani Law Courts will ostensibly face corruption charges. Muchelule was one of six judicial officers who President Uhuru Kenyatta refused to appoint, along with Weldon Korir, George Odunga, and Prof. Joel Ngugi. Aggrey Muchelule was arrested with others and taken to the director of criminal investigation offices for further action.
Judge Aggrey Mchelule of the High Court has been detained. Justice Mchelule was arrested in the company of others and transferred to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters for processing, according to Kahawa Tungu. The reason for the judge's arrest is still unknown.
Far from the loyal deputy that shield from taking on his boss head-on, William Ruto has now boldly taken a stand against President Uhuru Kenyatta, directly responding to what he sees as attacks from him as the 2022 succession politics gather steam. Deputy President William Ruto continued his criticism of his boss, questioning the decision to leave out five Judges from a list sent to him for appointment by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), one of the many issues he has attacked him on.
The country is going through a turmoil situation, early the month of May, a five-bench of the high court led by professor Joel Ngugi Declared the building bridges Initiative unconstitutional null and void. Besides this the court also announced a permanent injuctation on IEBC from conducting any business concerning Consititution amendment.
Judge Aggrey Mchelule of the High Court has been detained. He Is among the six judges that President Uhuru Kenyatta refused to promote. Mchelule was apprehended in the presence of others and transferred to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters for processing, according to reports.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has vivified the Building Bridges Initiative after releasing a tender notice to supply and deliver ballot papers for the general elections and referendum. According to the Standard Newspaper publications, the tender notice revealed the supply and delivery of ballot papers, register or voters, statutory election results declaration forms to be used at the polling station, election and referendum results declaration forms to be used at the constituency, county and national tallying center stipulated for the three year framework contract.
Today the court was informed that the act by Justice Joel Ngugi of calling the president by his office was a personal attack on him. This is despite the fact that the said Judge openly said that he was carrying his duty as a judge of the high court during the ruling.
Senior Counsel John Khaminwa on Friday, July 2 asked the seven-bench appellate judges listening to the Building Bridges Appeal case to dismiss President Kenyatta’s case for disrespecting the judges and courts. Dr Khaminwa whose remarks came when he appeared at the Kenya Human Rights Commission on the fourth day of the BBI appeal trial urged the five judge bench that after refusing to promote the four judges veted by Judicial Service Commission, President Kenyatta disrespected the court.
The BBi appeal battle satrted earlier today with a bench of 7 appointed judges and it will still be in process for the other 2 days. General Kennedy Ogeto claims that the five judges used Wikipedia.Also Lawyer Eric Gumbo for IEBC asked the court not to strike out their affidavit because they are only producing a gazette notice showing that there has been continuous voter registration.