Tensions are escalating between the executive and judicial branches of the Kenyan government, triggered by President William Ruto’s allegations that the judiciary is collaborating with unidentified individuals to obstruct his government’s policies through court orders.
Despite calls from a group of lawyers for the president to disclose the names of the implicated judges, he has yet to do so.
In response to President Ruto’s comments the Law Society of Kenya organized a peaceful protest, accusing the president of exceeding his authority in safeguarding the rule of law. Eric Theuri, the President of the Law Society of Kenya cautioned that Ruto’s remarks could plunge the country into anarchy, emphasizing the perilous path of selectively obeying court orders.
According to opposition figure Kalonzo Musyoka, the president is attempting to exert pressure on judges to deliver rulings exclusively favoring his government.
Chief Justice Martha Koome asserted the equality of the judiciary and executive as separate branches of government emphasizing that judges will carry out their duties impartially and without fear or favor.