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Gachagua was urged to present any graft allegations to the Judicial Service Commission instead of Making Public Pronouncements

Law Society of Kenya (LSK) president Eric Theuri has dared Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua to table any evidence linking judicial officers to corruption instead of making public pronouncements.

This follows Gachagua’s declaration on Sunday that he will on Thursday file a petition seeking the removal of Justice Esther Maina from office. Gachagua argued that Justice Maina unceremoniously declared his fortune proceeds of crime, a move he says was meant to taint his image.

According to Theuri, Gachagua should instead present any graft allegations to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and not lament in public.

“If you have evidence of corruption against a particular judge you just present it to the Judicial Service Commission you do not need to go and make public pronouncements but let us wait and see what happens,” said Theuri.

He was speaking on Citizen TV’s Daybreak show on Monday. He further faulted the Executive for its continued attacks on the Judiciary, arguing that it is corroding the autonomy of independent institutions and further forcing the nation’s democracy on its knees.

“At this point, you are looking at a situation where you have an extremely aggressive and assertive Executive, a bit of a lame parliament and an institution of the Judiciary that is trying to find its feet to assert its authority in extremely difficult circumstances,” he said.

This lies on the backdrop of heightened attacks from President William Ruto at the Judiciary over claims that the Judicial system has been infiltrated with corrupt individuals.

Ruto has vowed to weed out the said individuals, whom he claims are behind the court’s decision to bar the collection of the Housing Levy, a fundamental component of realising his ambitious Housing project.

Chief Justice Martha Koome has rebbutted Ruto’s claims, urging him and Kenya Kwanza leaders to direct their complaints to the mandated Constitutional body for processing.

“We are ready to process any complaint against any judge or judicial officer who is implicated in corruption or any other act of misconduct. However, such a complaint must be lodged and processed in the manner prescribed by the Constitution. Days are gone when officers were hounded out of office through name-calling,” she stated.

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