Kenya’s Chief Justice, Martha Koome, has disclosed that the judiciary has formally written to President William Ruto, seeking discussions to address concerns he has raised against certain judges.
President Ruto has recently launched a verbal assault on the judiciary, accusing some unnamed “corrupt” judges of colluding with the opposition to obstruct government projects.
Speaking at a media conference on Monday, Chief Justice Koome expressed her concerns, stating that the attacks against the judiciary are creating conditions for chaos and anarchy. She warned that if this trend persists, it could lead to a constitutional crisis and potential civil strife.
“We will be looking out for that dialogue, we have written and I believe that the president is going to give us an appointment.” Chief Justice Koome added.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga has accused President Ruto of attempting to intimidate judges, while a group of lawyers staged protests last week condemning the president’s criticisms.
President Ruto, who assumed power in September 2022, has faced criticism for introducing new taxes amid a rising cost of living. Two of these taxes—the housing levy and proposed universal health cover deductions—are currently under legal challenge, with pending rulings.