High Court Ruling: The High Court has ordered President Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint the judges he rejected within fourteen days or face the consequences. In its ruling, the High Court also slapped the presidency with court fees for the case.
The court ruled that if Uhuru doesn’t appoint the judges within the stated timeline, the judges be sworn in by the Chief Justice Martha Koome. This ruling was delivered by a three-judge bench comprising Justices George Dulu, William Musyoka and James Wakiaga.
The judges include Justices George Odunga, Aggrey Muchelule, Joel Ngugi and Weldon Korir, together with Mombasa chief magistrate Evans Makori and High Court deputy registrar Judith Omange.
The High Court ruling followed a petition that was filed by Katiba Institute to enforce declaratory orders made in February 2020 to the effect that President Kenyatta had violated the Constitution.
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The president has previously stated that he would not appoint the judges, and alleged that they are either corrupt or compromised. “As long as I serve as President, I will choose the right over the convenient; I will choose the hard over the easy, and I am not doing this for myself, but for the people of Kenya and for posterity,” he said in a previous statement.