CJ hits back at Senate for attacking Judiciary
27 October 2014, 22:56
Nairobi – Chief Justice, Willy Mutunga has hit back at the Senate’s recent remarks of attacking the Judiciary for intervening with its legislative mandate by issuing rulings to stop governors from appearing before the House committee for both accountability and impeachment investigations.
Mutunga faulted the Senate for condemning the Judiciary saying although the House has many elite legislators in law; they require intensive civic education on legal awareness, which he asked the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) to conduct the sensitization.
“Recent attacks on the Judiciary suggests that the elite does not understand how court processes work, or if they do, they still need to be educated on why they need to respect those same processes,” said Mutunga.
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He asserted that legal awareness is lowest among public officers and should be reminded on the need to respect the court rulings regardless of their powerful positions of authority.
“A lawyer’s professional responsibility does not die or end at the door of politics or power. Advocates have a lifelong rendezvous with destiny regardless of where they are: in practice, on the bench, in business, in independent commissions, or in church service. The fidelity to professional ethics is a permanent duty,” said Mutunga.
The CJ lauded LSK for conducting the Legal Awareness Week dubbed, “Justice through Sustainable Legal Aid” across the country and said, “It should remind us that the law is only the handmaiden of a higher purpose – the delivery of justice.”
Mutunga challenged the legal professionals to be ready in delivering services for the public good at no cost as a way of observing the tradition dubbed, pro bono existing in the legal fraternity.
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