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President Uhuru Kenyatta’s message to the 34 judges after they were officially sworn in

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, June 4, 2021 presided over the swearing in ceremony of the recently gazetted 34 judges at State House, Nairobi.

In his address during the ceremony, the Head of State urged the judges to ensure fidelity to the rule of law and to always remember that they are bound by the Constitution.

“I congratulate you, individually and collectively, on your appointments. Indeed as you assume your respective higher offices as judges of the Court of Appeal, the Environment and Land Court, and the Employment and Labour Relations Court, mine is to ask you to serve the people of Kenya with unfailing integrity and commitment,” Uhuru said.

“That your actions and decisions be guided slowly on unbiased and faithful application of the Constitution and our written laws, our principles and values as a nation and the overriding interest of justice. Ladies and gentlemen, to serve in a State office is a deeply demanding task, many new burdens will be placed on your shoulders, the public expectations of you will be very high, and obstacles will be thrown along your path.”

“Having taken your oath of office, know that you now hold a special place in our Constitutional order and therefore my only advice to you is one: serve with dedication and with utmost fidelity to the oath that you have subscribed to. You’re the bastions of justice, defenders of liberty, instruments of law and order, guardians of the rule of law, and the embodiment of the hopes and dreams of our people.” He added.

The swearing in ceremony was presided over by the president and attended by prominent persons including; Chief Justice Martha Koome, President of the Court of Appeal Justice Daniel Musinga and other senior government officials.

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Written by Kennedy Omondi

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