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Resignation of Githu Muigai: Is Uhuru revisiting Supreme court?

Kaka Mwalimu
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President Uhuru Kenyatta with Supreme court judges David Maraga, and Philomena Mwilu. [Photo/Wanjiku Revolution]

Political pundits have alleged that the resignation of Attorney General and the demotion of solicitor general Njee Mue are a clear indicator that President Uhuru Kenyatta is targeting to revisit his threats on the apex court in the land.

"We shall revisit this thing. We clearly have a problem. Who even elected you? Were you? We have a problem and we must fix it," said Uhuru in September 2017.

The political analysts anchor their claims on the basis that Uhuru made three new nominations in the 11-member Judicial Service Commission which is responsible for hiring and firing judges and other judicial officers.

The three new nominees are former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei, former Kenyatta University Vice-Chancellor Prof Olive Mugenda, and former National Assembly clerk Patrick Gichohi who is a nominee of the Public Service Commission.

Could it be possible that the three new nominees to the JSC are strategically placed tilt the decision of the commission in favor of the State? That is a wait and see matter?

However, another section of opinion leaders has urged Kenyans not to read to much in the resignation of Muigai and nomination of the three members to the JSC.

"What we have is democratic space and we don't have to read that way (Uhuru 'revisiting' Judiciary). That is just the checks & balances of doctrines of power," said governance and security expert Mr Mumo Nzau.

KCA University Vice-Chancellor  Professor Noah Midamba also echoed Nzau's sentiments saying people should not see the changes as a plan to attack the Supreme court but Uhuru's need to get the right people to fulfill his big 4 development plan.

"Several things the public needs to be sensitive about, in particular, one, the president has proposed significant 4 pillars and what is going to happen with those pillars and what matters most is who surrounds the president," said Noah Midamba.

"The kind of people you surround yourself with can determine the kind of success the president will have in implementing his agenda," he added.

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