Ruto explains his frequent appearances at Judiciary events
By Joshua Cheloti
President William Ruto has come out to explain his regular appearances at events that have been organized by the Judiciary.
Since he ascended to power as the fifth President in September 2022, Ruto has been a chief guest in almost all key Judiciary events, raising eyebrows amongst his critics.
This is due to the fact that his predecessors rarely attended Judiciary events.
But even as questions are raised over his dalliance with the key arm of government, the Head of State now says he has no hidden agenda despite his close links with the judiciary.
Speaking during the launch of the National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ) on December 5, 2022, the President said he is only interested in ensuring the judiciary delivers its mandate effectively.
He further noted that at no time has he sought favour from any member of the Judiciary.
“I know there’s maybe a discussion as to why I am appearing in too many of the functions of the judiciary. They can confirm to you that I have never put a telephone to anybody to ask them to do nothing,” Ruto said.
“My support to the judiciary is so that they can effectively deliver justice to the people of Kenya,” he added.
During his swearing-in, the President said his administration will ensure the judiciary is sufficiently funded, promising to increase their funding to at least Ksh3 billion annually.
He has also appointed the six judges that retired President Uhuru Kenyatta had rejected.
These are some of the actions that have been translated by the opposition as a trick to capture the judiciary.
“There is clear proof from the Executive to hold the Judiciary through illegal actions that amount to bribery. That is the reason for the rush to appoint six judges and to allocate money to the Judiciary,” Raila said in September 2022.
Further, Suna East MP Junet Mohammed reacting to the President’s latest statement termed the recent appointment of High Court Judge Agrey Muchelule as chairperson to investigate four IEBC commissioners as proof that he had captured the Judiciary.
“Your Excellency the one that gave clarity on what you are denying is the swearing of Justice Muchelule on Friday Night as the chairman of the IEBC tribunal. If that is clarified then you are yet to capture the Judiciary,” Junet tweeted.