Uhuru Takes Swipe at Maraga's Judiciary in Tense Public Address

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta delivering his New Year message on December 31, 2019. Twitter
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, January 14, took a swipe at the Judiciary, led by Chief Justice David Maraga, during a national address at State House, Mombasa, in which he fired government officials. 

    The head of state stated that it was embarrassing that the Judiciary could not prosecute the Akasha brothers, Ibrahim and Baktash, who were jailed in the US for 23 years and 25 years respectively, for drug trafficking.

     "It is a shame on our country that we prosecuted a case against drug traffickers and we couldn't get a prosecution and within a year of them being arraigned in the United States, they have been jailed for no less than 25 years.

    "That is something that our Judiciary should come to terms with," Uhuru stated.

    Akasha brothers and lawyer Cliff Ombeta in a Kenyan court on January 23, 2017.
    Akasha brothers and lawyer Cliff Ombeta in a Kenyan court on January 23, 2017.

    He went ahead and stated that his government had been consistent in the fight against corruption, adding that the Judiciary delayed in convicting them.

    "I seek the indulgence of our Judiciary and I do so because I strongly believe that no administration in the history of this country has prosecuted corruption cases the way I have done; from ministers to governors to senior government officers, I have been on the front line and since I respect the principle of separation of powers, I have no power of evicting the accused.

    "We have done our part and we will continue to do so, now the Judiciary should give us convictions as an indication that we are winning this war," the president continued.

    He further stated that he would not entertain evildoers in his administration or show mercy to those engage in corruption.

    "Our fight against corruption has given one joyous result, and that is deterrence. Public officers today are now reluctant in engaging to engage in corrupt practices," he stated.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, January 14, lashed out at Chief Justice (pictured) due to pending corruption cases.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, January 14, lashed out at the Judiciary due to pending corruption cases.