Politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto have taken issue with the inclusion of Chief Justice Martha Koome in the committee undertaking the preparations of the upcoming general election.
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Led by Garissa Township MP Aden Duale, the politicians read malice in Koome’s active involvement in the preparations of the 2022 elections, which she is expected to lead the judiciary in observing.
The politicians threatened to file a formal complaint to have the CJ ejected from the committee.
They called on the CJ to leave her office and
“You cannot wear two hats. That your sit in the committee preparing the elections, then when the elections are over, you want to wear another hat as an independent judicial officer in the determination of the presidential election. We are going to make a formal complaint as UDA. She better resigns as CJ and join our competitors,” said Duale.
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Koome chairs the committee bringing together the government ministries and other departments involved in the preparations of the oncoming polls.
Earlier in the week, Koome said that the judiciary is charged with preparing an environment that will ensure free, fair and credible elections next year.
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“We owe it to Kenyans to ensure that there is electoral justice in the process that we engage in and also in our preparedness and none of us can deliver the mandate alone,” she said.
“For me chairing this forum it feels like the National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ) where we come together as all the agencies involved in the justice sector to share our challenges and collaborate in the interest of offering justice to Kenyans because no one agency can succeed in doing that by themselves,” said Koome.
Also in the committee is the Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and his ICT counterpart Joe Mucheru.
Source: Tuko Newspaper