JUDICIARY ON BUDGET CUT

Murkomen tells Maraga to 'bite' instead of issuing threats

In Summary

• Murkomen said a tiger does not proclaim its tigritude before it strikes.

• Advocate Nelson Havi blamed the CJ for entertaining the Executive and that he is being haunted by the people he dined with.

Chief Justice nominee Justice David Maraga when he appeared before the National Assembly Justice Legal Affairs committee. /HEZRON NJOROGE
Chief Justice nominee Justice David Maraga when he appeared before the National Assembly Justice Legal Affairs committee. /HEZRON NJOROGE

Majority Leader in the Senate, Kipchumba Murkomen, has told Chief Justice David Maraga to use the power bestowed to him by the Constitution to deal with elements he accuses of trying to interfere with the Judiciary's independence.

This follows CJ's remarks that the Executive is frustrating the Judiciary from delivering its work.

Murkomen through a tweet said: 

Murkomen said he supports the CJ and the Judiciary.

Maraga accused some CSs and PSs  - whom he did not name - of plotting to kick him out of office.

"I'm told that some CSs are PSs are bragging around that the CJ will or should be removed in the office before the end of this year. Really? Kumbe hii nchi iko na wenyewe (Is that to mean that Kenya has its owners?)," Maraga said.

He said the Judiciary had to halt automobile Anti-corruption case hearings due to inadequate funds.

Maraga also said reducing the budget of the Judiciary will affect courts' ability to reduce the backlog of cases.