Uhuru obeys court and revokes Jemator’s appointment to IEBC panel
President Uhuru Kenyatta revoked Dorothy Jemator’s appointment to the IEBC seven-member selection committee, as the court ordered.
In a new notice to the Official Gazette, the president appointed Morris Kimuli in her place and in doing so apparently broke a cycle of cases where her administration has been accused of violating court orders.
“I am appointing Morris Kimuli to be part of the selection board for the selection of candidates for nomination to IBEC members. Kimengech Dorothy Jemator’s appointment is revoked, ”Uhuru said in a Gazette notice on Wednesday.
Notably, Jemator and Kimuli were appointed by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) following rifts in society. One faction led by LSK CEO Mercy Wambua had appointed Jemator while another led by company chairman Nelson Havi had appointed Kimuli.
On May 11, however, Judge Odunga rescinded Jemator’s appointment and ordered the Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, to receive Kimuli’s appointment instead.
The detention of two functions of judicial officer and the last appointment to the selection committee of the steering committee of the BBI were the points of which Jemator had been accused. She was appointed to the Energy and Petroleum Tribunal in 2020, for three years, and was also a member of the HIV and AIDS Tribunal.
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Recently the government has been accused of failing to obey court rulings. In February 2020, the courts ordered the president to appoint 41 judges who would take on various roles in the justice system, but to date that has not happened. Although the executive maintains that some of the appointed judges had questionable conduct, hence the delay in nominations, pressure is mounting on Uhuru to make the nominations ahead of the 2022 election.
In another case in February this year, a court ruling stopped the transfer of the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) by the chairman of the Ministry of Agriculture to the role of Defense, but he failed been implemented.
In April, the High Court declared unconstitutional the post of Chief Administrative Secretary (TAS) introduced by President Kenyatta. Judge Anthony Mrima also ordered a new check of 10 cabinet secretaries who had been reappointed by the head of state after his re-election in 2017.
However, the court’s decision was ignored and the CASs continue to function while the control of the renewed CSs has not taken place.
In addition, the state carried out demolitions in the Kariobangi estate in Nairobi last year, amid the Covid-19 pandemic despite a court ruling against it.
Chief Justice Maraga also accused the executive of contemptuously pushing back court orders, demanding compensation for many Kenyans who suffered road accidents after being run over by government vehicles.
Lack of obedience to court orders has been blamed on a ‘cold war’ between the executive and the judiciary that dates back to the 2017 presidential elections, when the Supreme Court overturned the results for what it did. qualified as flagrant irregularities.