Chief Justice David Maraga has expressed his frustration in what he views as belittling and mistreatment from the Executive, A visibly angry CJ while addressing the nation from the Supreme Court in Nairobi on Monday, revealed of an alleged secret plot by the Executive to remove him from office before December 31.
In the wake of the recent move by the National Treasury to reduce the judiciary’s budgetary allocation,The CJ said he wanted to share his frustrations with Kenyans. “The judiciary has been treated and continues to be treated contemptuously,” said the CJ before revealing several incidents that he believes demean the Judiciary.CJ Maraga lamented lacking the Official Mercedes car yet each of the two speakers of the parliament have been assigned Mercedes cars. He claimed that his request to have the high-end ride was turned down with frugality being used as an excuse
“The CJ has no Mercedes car. When we applied we were told to keep to the minimum of 2500cc engines.They said they don’t want wastage” said Maraga.
“Unless the budget cuts are reversed, we do not have money for fuel, we will not have mobile courts, we will not have the court of Appeal circuits, we will not be able to pay for wi-fi for the e-filing and e-payments, plans to automate corruption courts will halt…” – CJ Maraga
The CJ also complained about his presence being ignored during the October 20 Mashujaa Day celebrations. He further claimed that he has been completely barred from accessing the VIP lounge at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and he is forced to receive prominent people and other Chief Justices at the regular passengers’ lounge.
Maraga also accused some cabinet Secretaries, principal secretaries and other snr government officers of crippling the judiciary because the courts did not favor them in tender and procurement cases with some State officers apparently disregarding him.
According to CJ, the mistreatment from the Executive is an attempt to control the judiciary.”They want to control the judiciary. They want to make us puppets and we will not be puppets. Added Maraga