Uhuru hints at changes in law to tame judges

Friday September 22 2017

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto address the nation on the Supreme Court ruling at State House, Nairobi on September 21, 2017. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto address the nation on the Supreme Court ruling at State House, Nairobi on September 21, 2017. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday hinted at major constitutional changes targeting the Judiciary, deepening his attack on the courts in wake of a Supreme Court decision that nullified his August 8 victory.

The President made the remarks in a late afternoon live TV address – his second in a day – even as the electoral body Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced it had moved the date of the repeat presidential poll from October 17 to 26.

Mr Kenyatta instructed Parliament to make necessary legal changes, signalling the Executive’s efforts to trim powers of the Judiciary just one day after the Supreme Court made public the grounds for its September 1 decision to annul the August 8 presidential poll.

“The judgment has a potential to throw us into judicial chaos,” Mr Kenyatta said. “I urge Parliament to act with speed to protect our country from ambiguities that may arise from that judgment.”

The Constitution

The country's Constitution, however, demands that any changes that touch on the independence of the Judiciary must be taken through a referendum besides gaining a two-thirds majority support in Parliadiv-gpt-ad-1504265253500-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().enableSingleRequest(); googletag.enableServices(); });

Uhuru hints at changes in law to tame judges

Friday September 22 2017

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto address the nation on the Supreme Court ruling at State House, Nairobi on September 21, 2017. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto address the nation on the Supreme Court ruling at State House, Nairobi on September 21, 2017. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By BUSINESS DAILY
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Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday hinted at major constitutional changes targeting the Judiciary, deepening his attack on the courts in wake of a Supreme Court decision that nullified his August 8 victory.

The President made the remarks in a late afternoon live TV address – his second in a day – even as the electoral body Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced it had moved the date of the repeat presidential poll from October 17 to 26.

Mr Kenyatta instructed Parliament to make necessary legal changes, signalling the Executive’s efforts to trim powers of the Judiciary just one day after the Supreme Court made public the grounds for its September 1 decision to annul the August 8 presidential poll.

“The judgment has a potential to throw us into judicial chaos,” Mr Kenyatta said. “I urge Parliament to act with speed to protect our country from ambiguities that may arise from that judgment.”

The Constitution

The country's Constitution, however, demands that any changes that touch on the independence of the Judiciary must be taken through a referendum besides gaining a two-thirds majority support in Parliadiv-gpt-ad-1504265253500-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().enableSingleRequest(); googletag.enableServices(); });

Uhuru hints at changes in law to tame judges

Friday September 22 2017

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto address the nation on the Supreme Court ruling at State House, Nairobi on September 21, 2017. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto address the nation on the Supreme Court ruling at State House, Nairobi on September 21, 2017. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By BUSINESS DAILY
More by this Author

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday hinted at major constitutional changes targeting the Judiciary, deepening his attack on the courts in wake of a Supreme Court decision that nullified his August 8 victory.

The President made the remarks in a late afternoon live TV address – his second in a day – even as the electoral body Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced it had moved the date of the repeat presidential poll from October 17 to 26.

Mr Kenyatta instructed Parliament to make necessary legal changes, signalling the Executive’s efforts to trim powers of the Judiciary just one day after the Supreme Court made public the grounds for its September 1 decision to annul the August 8 presidential poll.

“The judgment has a potential to throw us into judicial chaos,” Mr Kenyatta said. “I urge Parliament to act with speed to protect our country from ambiguities that may arise from that judgment.”

The Constitution

The country's Constitution, however, demands that any changes that touch on the independence of the Judiciary must be taken through a referendum besides gaining a two-thirds majority support in Parlia