Raila Faults CJ Koome For Meeting Ruto At State House

Written by on 22 January 2024

Azimio la Umoja Leader Raila on Monday criticised Chief Justice Martha Koome for holding a meeting with President William Ruto at State House, terming it an irresponsible move. 

Speaking in Lamu county, Raila said if at all the two had to meet to discuss the recent fallout between the Judiciary and the Executive, then such a meeting should have happened in a neutral place.

“State House is the home of the Executive. That is where the president resides. If there is going to be a dialogue over issues of governance, it should be held in a neutral ground,” Raila said. 

The ODM leader said the meeting means the Judiciary is being compromised by the Executive.

“The Judiciary is being held hostage by the Executive, and we’ve seen this before. We saw it happen under the rule of Mr. Moi, and we’ve tried to caution the current CJ not to go to bed with the Executive,” Raila added.

He further termed the move as an unfortunate development, and hoped that the rest of the members of the Judiciary are not going to be compromised.

As reported early, Ruto and Koome met on Monday in State House, following weeks of attacks and counter-attacks amongst the three arms of government. 

President Ruto has been condemning the Judiciary for making rulings against his policies, saying its members are being bribed to make the decisions. 

CJ Koome, however, came out and defended the Judiciary, telling Ruto to table any evidence against judicial officers. 

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