After attending president Uhuru Kenyatta’s controversial swearing in of 34 Judges from the initial recommended number of 41, Chief Justice Martha Koome spent the remainder of the day quiet, only to release what was considered a lukewarm response to the president late in the night.
To make matters worse, the press release was unsigned. This caused a barrage of harsh and critical responses from Kenyans who were unsatisfied by her response, and handling of the entire situation.
Former advisor to ex-Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Miguna Miguna, wrote on his Twitter handle,
Martha Koome is so useless and incompetent one would think that she was taken right out of a Miraa Farm in Meru to the Hallowed Halls of the Supreme Court of Kenya. Her statement on Despot Uhuru Kenyatta’s UNCONSTITUTIONAL ACTIONS vindicates everyone who questioned her integrity
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen simply quipped on his handle,
“Madam Chief Justice……….NOT YET”
The Law Society of Kenya president Nelson Havi, also critical of the move, wrote in a fairly lengthy Twitter post,
“If CJ Martha Koome had nothing to do with president Uhuru Kenyatta’s appointment of 33 instead of 40 judges what was she doing at State House? How did the Judges end up there in robes? Did she tell the president what she has jotted down in that underwhelming unsigned note?”
In her press release earlier in the night, Koome had said,
“I wish to state that I had no part to play in this Constitutional process which was undertaken almost two years ago. Upon forwarding the names to the President, the Chief Justice and the JSC became functus officio (ceased to have any role)…respect for the rule of law and independence of the Judiciary is guaranteed under the Constitution. No person or authority is allowed to direct the JSC or the Judiciary in the execution of its mandate”.