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Muturi: Judiciary has to respect parliament

03 March 2014, 17:53 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi has hit back at Chief Justice Willy Mutunga's claim that the house is disrespecting and intimidating the judiciary.

Mutunga had over the weekend accused the legislature and in particulur parliament, of choosing to neglect court orders saying they were acting disrespectfully and unlawfully.

He further added that the decision by parliament to cut the Judiciary's budget by KES 500 million was a decision meant to try cow the law enforcers.

But Muturi, speaking Monday hit back at Mutunga's claims by saying that the house was in order to ignore court orders that were deemed irresponsible and out of touch with reality.

" We have respected the judiciary on several occasions and we will continue to do so but only if the orders make sense and are valid, he said.

" There have been many an occasion where court orders have been used as a means to curtail parliament and at times try to be-little it. We will not agree with such, he said.

He said that the courts must be sensitive to the workings of government and avoid causing situations that put the various arms of government on a collision course.

" Next time we will see a court order seeking the president's retention, he said sarcastically.

On the issue of budget reduction, Muturi said that the house had chosen to reduce it seeing at the Judiciary was not using the allocated funds.

" Why are there complaints while the funds have not been used by the Judiciary in previous financial years. We have decided to just take the money they do not need and allocate it in areas where it is needed, he retorted.

Muturi did add though that the national assembly would cooperate fully with the Judiciary and called his comments a wake-up call to members of the Judiciary.

" We need each other and we will continue to work together for the betterment of the nation.

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