DPP Haji Advises Maraga on How to Deal With Uhuru

  • The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji advised Chief Justice David Maraga on how to handle the recent debacle that pitted him against President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    During an NTV interview on Tuesday, October 29, Haji claimed that the Judiciary should not go on an offensive over the recent budget cuts.

    "The chief justice should sit down with the president and understand where he's coming from," Haji advised referring to the recent budget cuts by Treasury.

    Chief Justice David Maraga. The High Court on Tuesday, October faulted the president over the recent budget cuts and failure to appoint new judges.

    The DPP claimed that he was just as concerned about the budget cuts as the Judiciary, mentioning that a negotiated agreement would work best.

    "You have to be fair and objective because as a country, we are going through a difficult patch. Treasury's argument is that we were living big, therefore re-evaluating the budget," Haji spoke.

    He also reported that the Judiciary had one of the biggest budgets and that is why Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani proposed the cuts. 

    "The Judiciary needs to pick up areas that are important which should not be affected by the cuts so that they can be able to effectively perform," the DPP suggested.

    On Judicial appointments, the Haji reiterated that a meeting between the Judiciary and the Executive was still the only solution to solving the disagreements that were being witnessed.

    "The Judiciary needs to reach out despite the reservations the president has. The president has his reasons and they must be important to him," the prosecutor continued.

    "There is a separation of power. Each arm has its own powers and when one is interfering with the other, then it would stop the effectiveness. Everyone should keep to their lane," Haji mentioned.

    This came after President Uhuru Kenyatta failed to appoint 41 new judges, which the Judiciary saw as a threat to its independence.

    According to The Standard newspaper of Thursday, October 24, top lawyers faulted the president for the budget cuts and appointments which they reported interfered with the mandate of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Chief Justice David Maraga. Haji advised Maraga on Tuesday, October 29 to meet with the president over budget cuts.