Protesters storm hotel hosting CJ MaragaProtesters in Mombasa stormed Sarova Whitesands Beach and Resort where Chief Justice David Maraga was hosting the 2019 Annual Judges conference. 

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Thursday's morning protests was directed against the Judiciary. Some locals allege that systems in the Judiciary are one of the reasons why the drug menace is rampant at the Coast.

“My team and I were ready to meet them despite not knowing who they are. I wished to know who had sent them and what they wanted. It is their right to demonstrate, though I wish they left behind a memorandum containing their grievances,” said Maraga.

The protesters claim that some judges protect drug dealers at the Coast. Their protest comes after Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i promised to deal with drugs and insecurity in coastal counties.

“Let us stand firm as Kenyans against such (corrupt) judges,” said one of the protestors as reported by Daily Nation.

CJ Maraga acknowledged the presence of corruption in the judiciary. He urged citizens to report any cases of corruption against members of the Judiciary.

“I know there are cartels among us [judges]. That network, however, extends beyond the Judiciary. I urge Kenyans to bring to my office sufficient evidence showing a judicial officer is involved in graft, and from that, you will surely know that I am working to eliminate the cartels within the Judiciary,” the CJ added.