UPDATE: The Judiciary on June 12, issued a statement in regards to public banners erected around the city terming them as part of defamatory attacks against the Judiciary.
The institution noted that the attacks which were meant to threaten and intimidate the Judiciary would not deter them from discharging their mandate of dispensing justice in a fair, just and independent manner.
"These kinds of attacks are not new and we have in the past requested the Police to investigate and bring to book those responsible.
"We request the Inspector General of Police, the Director of Criminal Investigations and other concerned agencies, to investigate and do everything in their power to find and punish those responsible," the statement by the Judiciary read in part.
On Friday, June 12, residents in Nairobi woke up to mysterious banners of Chief Justice David Maraga plastered along major roads in the city.
The posters were put on a flyover along the Thika Superhighway as well as other roads in the Central Business District (CBD). The banners that left many bewildered alluded to a big exposé on the President of the Supreme Court.
"Why is Maraga Protecting These Judges?" the message in the banners read in part.
The judges in question are: Justices Eric Ogola, Francis Tuiyoti, Weldon Korir, and a fourth whose face is not revealed.A banner of CJ Maraga in Nairobi on June 12, 2020.
It isn't clear what integrity issues have been leveled against the judges. On June 11, Justice Weldon Korir declined to overturn the impeachment of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, rules MCAs did not violate any court order.
High Court Judges Eric Ogola and Francis Tuiyoti have handled a number of corruption cases that had a national interest.
Chief Justice Maraga earlier on vented out his frustrations over the President's refusal to gazette the appointment of 41 judges proposed by the Judicial Service Commission.
Upon receiving the list of nominees in 2019, the president through the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua filed an affidavit revealing the integrity concerns against some of the nominees.
“It would be irresponsible and contrary to the oath of office for the President to appoint judges, or indeed any other public or State officers to office, where serious questions have been raised about their integrity- more so judges who enjoy the security of tenure and whose probity and integrity should be above reproach,” the president stated.
CJ Maraga, however, stated that the delay by the Executive was undermining the functioning of the Judiciary. In a rebuttal, AG Paul Kihara accused Maraga of crossing a line by addressing his grievances publicly.Poster of CJ Maraga along Thika Super Highway on June 12, 2020.
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