You should be worried, Mutula Kilonzo castigates AG Kihara for the delay in the appointment of 6 judges
- Mutula Kilonzo blamed Kariuki Kihara for what he said was challenging the appointment of judges despite clear court orders
- Last year, Kihara Kariuki filed a notice of appeal against the High Court order that required Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint the six judges
- But upon taking office, President William Ruto said he would appoint the six Court of Appeal judges dismissed by Uhuru three years ago.
Makueni Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr told Kenya’s Attorney General Paul Kihara Kariuki he was worried about him after he challenged the appointment of judges.
Taking to his official Twitter account on Tuesday, September 13, Mutula challenged Kihara over what he said was a challenge to the appointment of judges despite clear court orders.
“The AG should be concerned. He challenged the appointment of judges despite clear court orders and his position as a member of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC). His actions in this regard should not be left unchecked,” Mutula said.
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Kariuki Kihara challenges the appointment of judges
In October 2021, Kariuki filed a notice of appeal against the High Court’s order which required immediate former President Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint the remaining six judges, whom he had previously rejected, within 14 days.
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The AG expressed its dissatisfaction with the judgment rendered by judges George Dulu, William Musyoka and James Wakiaga.
Through Deputy Attorney General Emmanuel Bitta, the AG said it intended to appeal the entire 69-page judgment.
He was aggrieved by the court’s finding that the president can be circumvented in the process of appointing judges.
But upon taking office, President William Ruto said he would appoint the six Court of Appeal judges dismissed by Uhuru three years ago.
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In his inaugural address on Tuesday, September 13, Ruto said he would oversee the swearing in of said justices at State House today, Wednesday, September 14.
William Ruto speaks with the US presidential delegation after being sworn in
“This afternoon, I will appoint the 6 judges already nominated for appointment to the Court of Appeal. Tomorrow, I will preside over their swearing in so that they can continue to serve Kenyans.”
Ruto further pledged to increase funding for the judiciary to improve access to justice for Kenyans.
“My administration will increase the country’s judicial budget by 3 billion Kenyan shillings a year over the next five years to increase the number of small claims courts from 25 to 100 countries,” he added.
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