President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday mocked Chief Justice David Maraga, a day after the President of the Supreme Court accused executive of sabotage.
Speaking during Annual Taxpayers Day at Safari Park, Uhuru indirectly mocked Mr Maraga over the latest standoff, an indication that the Head of State is privy to the wrangles.
In a satirical message, Uhuru urged the cash strapped Judiciary to expedite cases relating to tax collection in the near future.
"I call on the Judiciary, if they so desire, to strive to determine expeditiously tax disputes without fear or favour," he said amid laughter.
An angry Maraga, in a televised address to the nation from the steps of the Supreme Court, alleged there was a plot by the Executive to kick him out of office before the end of the year.
“Some CSs are saying I will go before the year ends. Kumbe hii Kenya ina wenyewe (apparently Kenya has its owners)?" Judge Maraga said, flashing a wry smile intermittently.
Mr Mariga insisted that operations within the Judiciary will be grounded for days to come until the standoff with the executive is resolved.
The goverment reduced Judiciary budget from Sh14 billion to Sh11 billion, causing the latest predicament which could see most judicial operations grounded.
Maraga cited several other incidents of harassment by the state and went on to stop vetting of Judges and Magistrates in the coming days.