BY SAM ALFAN.
The Kenya Magistrate’s and Judges Association ((KMJA) has joined the war against violation and failure to obey court orders by state institutions and condemned the recent attacks to the judicial officers and disobedience of court orders by politicians and senior civil servants.
The Association’s Secretary General Derrick Kuto accused politicians of targeting the Chief
Justice David Maraga and other judges in connection with the discharge of their duties.
“Every Judge, Magistrate or Kadhi subscribes to an oath of office to uphold the rule of law and protect the constitution Occasionally parties that come to court may be dissatisfied with decisions rendered by judicial officers. Parties have recourse in law in such circumstances.
It is therefore in bad faith for a litigant to target individual judges and Magistrates in the discharge of their duty”, he said.
Justice Jacqueline Kamau the (KMJA) president also faulted the political class for disobeying court orders.” Disobedience of Court orders will lead to total chaos.
The 2007 Post Election Violence occurred because people had no faith in the Judiciary “, she said.The association called upon Kenyans to support the Judiciary in its quest to defend the constitution.
“As KMJA we believe in the independence of the Judiciary even as we appreciate the interdependence and respect amongst the three arms of government.
The President Jacqueline Kamau added that there is no need of issuing orders that are not complied with.
“We call upon all Kenyans to support the Judiciary even as we appreciate the interdependence and respect amongst the three arms of Government,” said Kamau.
KMJA said the Judiciary even as the rule of law, steadfastly defend the Constitution of Kenya and diligently dispense justice without fear or favor.
They added that it is in bad faith for a litigant to target individual Judges, Magistrates or Kadhis in the discharge of their duties.
“It is, therefore, a matter of grave concern when court orders are disobeyed,” said Kuto.
The association has in various events condemned attacks on judiciary.