Nelson Havi slams Chief Justice Koome for responding to Mutunga

Nelson Havi slams Chief Justice Koome for responding to Mutunga

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  • LSK president accused the Chief Justice of lacking emotional intelligence saying that the latter should have just stayed silent.
  • According to Lady Justice Koome, Mutunga’s sentiments were inciteful and went against everything the Judiciary stands for.

Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi on Friday bashed Chief Justice Martha Koome for responding to former CJ willy Mutunga.

In a statement, the LSK president accused the Chief Justice of lacking emotional intelligence saying that the lshe should have just stayed silent.

“Chief Justice Martha Koome lacks emotional intelligence. She needed not respond to Retired Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga’s call for Judges to go on strike. It is common sense that Judges cannot go on strike,” the statement read.

On Thursday, the Chief Justice criticized a call by former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga to have judges go on strike in solidarity with their six colleagues whose appointment was declined by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

According to Lady Justice Koome, Mutunga’s sentiments were inciteful and went against everything the Judiciary stands for.

“Notwithstanding the reasons for which that call was made, it is imperative that we all examine the implications of that regrettable incitement meant to disrupt access to justice for Kenyans,” Koome said in a statement.

Mutunga’s Thursday declaration called on judges to down their tools in protest of the Executive’s continued trend of ignoring court orders. According to him, the Executive will only take the judiciary seriously if they act immediately. 

This comes at a time when the Judiciary and the Executive are at loggerheads after the president rejected to appoint six judges to the High Court after their nominations. 

President Uhuru instead, filed an appeal on Wednesday to challenge the High Court decision that directed him to appoint the six judges he left out from a list of 41 judges recommended by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for appointment.

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