Ex CJ Willy Mutunga, who led the Supreme Court bench in throwing out Raila Odiga’s presidential petition in 2013 has commented on the latest debacle facing Kenyan judges.
Mutunga noted that the judiciary is currently facing all manners of pressures.
“Judges face off all manner of pressures, so it’s a very lonely place where a judge has to find out whether his spouse or her spouse is talking to politicians and promising them stuff,” he said.
He said that from his experience that those around the judge receive the bribe.
“My experience confirms that has happened where colleagues who are incorruptible just discover that there were gatekeepers who were getting money from people with a promise that decisions would be handed down in their favor,” he stated.
Mutunga admitted that he never faced any pressure from the Executive but from his community.
“There are people who still believe that if you are a Chief Justice, you are not a Chief Justice for all Kenyans but a particular community,” he added.
On the claims that the judges have become activists, Mutunga defended by saying that the constitution itself is activist.
“The constitution itself is activist. That is why the Executive and Parliament find it too progressive for their liking,” he said.
When asked whether the Building Bridges Initiative is dead, Mutunga said that the matter is already in the Court of Appeal but is likely to be decided by the Supreme Court.
Ex – CJ admitted that President Uhuru is a candidate for impeachment for consistently violating the constitution and ignoring court orders.
At the same time, Mutunga castigated Deputy President William Ruto as a Kenyan Politician who tells the truth by accident and characterized ODM leader and former Prime Minister and Raila Odinga as a progressive politician who has gone to bed with dictators.