Lamu elders, clerics, activist condemn President Uhuru for attacking the Judiciary

Uhuru when he spoke at State House on Saturday. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Lamu, KENYA: The Lamu council of elders,clerics and activists have asked president Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to respect the Supreme court judges led by Chief Justice David Maraga who recently nullified their re-election.

They expressed disappointment and concern with the manner in which the president and his deputy continue to throw jibes and insults at the CJ.

They said through their words,it was clear that the head of state was hurting from the recent decision of the Supreme Court but warned him to be careful about his choice of words about the CJ and the Judiciary as a whole.

Led by the Coast Interfaith Council of Clerics-CICC Lamu branch chair Mohamed Abdulkadir,they also asked the two to stop using the CJ’s name as their campaign bait and instead seek to mobilize their voters maturely and peacefully.

Abdulkadir said the Supreme Court ruling was done according to law and ought to be respected by all since it was arrived at by four judges out of the six present.

“Uhuru and Ruto must understand that Kenya is a democratic country and they must also understand that the constitution is pivotal.They must therefore desist from criticizing the Supreme Court and the CJ.They should stop threatening the CJ.Right now we know that if anything happens to the CJ,its them.Look at the hate and spite in their words and faces each time they speak about Maraga or the Supreme Court.They should respect the court and wait for election day,”said Abdulkadir.

They threatened to mobilize Lamu residents to abscond Jubilee campaigns if the two continue to show open disrespect and spite for the Supreme Court.

“Uhuru should be real,it’s the same court that declared him winner in 2013 when Raila filed the same petition and he seemed to enjoy the moment and praised,what has changed now?So it should always work in their favor if not it becomes a useless court?Thats immature coming from a president,”said Omar Yusuf,the chair Lamu council of elders.

Lamu branch MUHURI board member Habib Ali said it was time for Kenyans to beware of dictatorial leaderships and seek to elect a leadership that’s mindful of all and has utmost respect for the constitution and the Judiciary.

They sent out an appeal to the international community to help monitor the movements of such leaders and the forthcoming presidential election since it was obvious that the bitter party would go to any extent to turn fortune in their favor.

They also want the United Nations-UN to conduct the elections instead of the IEBC which they said Kenyans had no faith in.