A lawyer has petitioned the National Assembly to initiate the removal of Chief Justice David Maraga, Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu, and five JSC members for gross misconduct.
Adrian Njenga wants Justice Mohammed Warsame, Aggrey Muchelule, Tom Ojienda, Emily Ominde, and Mercy Deche kicked out of the Judicial Service Commission.
He argues that they are unfit to hold the office as JSC members and “should be removed for serious violation of the Constitution.”
Njenga says: “The aforementioned have failed to promote and facilitate the independence and accountability of the Judiciary and the transparent administration of justice.”
Njenga accused the persons named in the petition of having shielded, protected and exonerated judges engaged in gross misconduct.
“They have without any constitutional regard or justification dismissed petitions presented to the JSC,” he avers in his letter to the National Assembly.
In September last year, Nyeri MP Wambugu Ngunjiri filed a petition questioning Maraga’s suitability.
This came days after the Supreme Court nullified Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in the August 8 general election.
Uhuru had promised to revisit the judiciary and fix it.
Just last week, Uhuru dropped Attorney General Githu Muigai and demoted Solicitor General Njee Muturi in changes viewed to target the Supreme Court and the judiciary.
Githu was replaced by Appeals Court President Mwangi Kihara while Njee’s position was taken by lawyer Kennedy Ogetto, who was part of Uhuru’s ICC legal team.
Two weeks prior, Uhuru had called Jubilee allied legislators to State House where it is reported he gave them a beating on their laxity in supporting the Jubilee agenda.
We can expect parliament will hear this petition and we can almost assume the expected outcome.