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Kenya’s Chief Justice ready to pay ‘ultimate price’

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Kenya’s Chief Justice David Maraga on Tuesday said he was ‘prepared to pay the ultimate price’ to protect the country’s constitution following demonstrations over recent Supreme Court ruling on the Kenya’s presidential election results.

David Maraga issued a statement on behalf of his fellow judges in which he stated that there are attempts to intimidate judges and prevent them from working according to their conscience.

Maraga made reference to a judge who was “blocked by demonstrators from accessing the Kerugoya Law Courts for the hearing of her own petition” on Monday.

“Demonstrations have bordered on violence and are clearly intended to intimidate the judiciary and individual judges,” Maraga said.

He further noted that “These attacks are denigrating, demeaning and degrading and are meant to intimidate, threaten and cow the institution and individual judges. Such acts are not only unlawful but also savage in nature.”

Some pro-Kenyatta demonstrators protesting outside the Supreme Court in Nairobi. Photo: BBC
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On Tuesday, Supporters of the ruling party in Kenya, the Jubilee party staged a demonstration accusing the country’s Supreme Court of “stealing their victory” following the court’s ruling weeks ago nullifying the August 8 presidential election results.

The demonstrators gathered outside the Supreme Court building in Nairobi. Photo: BBC

That presidential election was won by incumbent president, Uhuru Kenyatta but the courts ruled that the poll was not conducted in accordance with the constitution and was characterized by irregularities.

The Jubilee supporters staged their protest outside the Supreme Court building in Nairobi holding placards with inscriptions that accuse the judges of giving a bad judgment.




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