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CORD concerned about JSC probe

02 December 2013, 09:38

Nairobi - The main opposition, Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), criticised the move by President Uhuru Kenyatta to fire six Judicial Service Commission (JSC) workers.

The party claimed through such moves, government was preparing a friendly judiciary that would favour the ruling party, Jubilee, in the event of an election dispute come 2017.

“Uhuru and (Deputy President, William) Ruto are in a hurry to have a judicial service commission that is going to create a new court in time for the election in 2017 because they know the Chief Justice is going to retire in two years,” said Siaya Senator James Orengo.

However, Ruto dismissed the claims defending the President’s move terming it appropriate for judicial reforms.

“The Legislature must be accountable, the Executive must be accountable and the Judiciary must be accountable and therefore those who believe that there is any arm of government that should not be held into account belong to the constitution,” he was quoted as saying.

The firing of the officers has previously drawn criticism.

The former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, on Saturday condemned the sacking of the judges reading mischief in the move.

The Law Society of Kenya also condemned the sacking terming it unconstitutional and retrogressive.

– CAJ News


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