LSK defends Judiciary as lawyers hold protest against Ruto's attack on judges

LSK defends Judiciary as lawyers hold protest against Ruto's attack on judges

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has urged the Judiciary to remain firm at the wake of President William Ruto's attack on judicial officers whom he has accused of being corrupt and undermining his government’s agenda.

LSK vowed to defend the Judiciary, Constitution and rule of law, warning that the country risks not developing economically or socially unless the exercise of power is restrained.

Addressing the media on Friday during the kickoff of peaceful protest, LSK President Eric Theuri said, “we want to urge the Judiciary to note that the LSK stands with them. They should not feel bullied or harassed…”

“We ask them to make decisions only on the basis of the law and Constitution. As long as they are accountable in terms of how they exercise Judicial authority, we shall support them, said Theuri.

He added: “We took an oath to defend the constitution, independence of the Judiciary and the administration of justice. And we are going to retake those oaths in public so that we can send an equivocal message to the Executive and those in the Executive who are harbouring false hopes that LSK will cow or be intimidated in the defense of the rule of law.”

The march in the Nairobi CBD was attended by Kalonzo Musyoka, Eugene Wamalwa and Kivutha Kibwana who warned the president against threatening judges handling cases of taxes and levies which they term as punitive.

The march is on now with security officers peacefully leading the procession as they snake streets within the CBD.

“This cannot be just accepted. So Chief Justice Martha Koome and your team, as LSK, we stand in solidarity. We are not here to ask you to issue any favourable orders but do the right thing under the law… If this country is not under the rule of law it can only mean we are under the jungle law,” said Musyoka.


LSK President William Ruto

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