• Speaking on Radio Jambo on Tuesday, Ruto said there was still a chance that the six could be sworn in.
• Ruto said the President had his own reasons for rejecting the judges but noted that if he was given a chance, the six would be sworn in.
Deputy President William Ruto has asked that the six judges that were rejected by President Uhuru Kenyatta be given a platform to defend themselves.
Speaking on Radio Jambo on Tuesday, Ruto said there was still a chance that the six could be sworn in.
“If they are sworn in, the allegations could be taken to Judicial Service Commission and if they are found guilty, a tribunal would be formed,” he said.
“… what is not good is being condemned without being heard. They have not been given an opportunity to absolve themselves...”
Ruto said the President had his own reasons for rejecting the judges but noted that if he was given a chance, the six would be sworn in.
“If it was me if there are issues of corruption and integrity, the law is there and the constitution is also there with guidelines, this issues would be taken up before they face their interviews,” he said.
He said the six should be allowed to explain themselves.
“They have not found any platform to explain themselves on the allegations. Nobody should be condemned unheard. Those helping Uhuru should advise him according to on what are the next steps so that the judiciary does not think it’s being condemned,” he said.
Last month, the President rejected the nomination of the six, among them top High Court Judges – Justices Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Aggrey Muchelule and Weldon Korir- who had been earmarked for promotion to the Court of appeal.
The rejection sparked bitter reactions with Chief Justice Martha Koome and her predecessors David Maraga and Willy Mutunga taking on the president for violating the constitution and attempting to control the Judiciary.
“I am a judge and I do not want to enter into any controversy but I am duty-bound to reiterate this position and call on President Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint the remaining six judges,” Koome said.
ODM Party leader Raila Odinga also waded into the ongoing row between the Judiciary and the Executive over the rejection of six judges.
Raila challenged the President to make public the reasons for his refusal to appoint the judges, four of whom to the Court of Appeal, as recommended to him by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).