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Kalonzo backs planned anti-Ruto protests

Kalonzo backs planned anti-Ruto protests

Ex-Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has expressed support for the upcoming protests organized by the Law Society of Kenya in response to President William Ruto’s criticism of the Judiciary.

Kalonzo, a legal professional, characterized Ruto’s criticism of the Judiciary as regrettable, encouraging the courts to stand resolute and not succumb to intimidation.

On Tuesday, Ruto strongly criticized the Martha Koome-led Judiciary, declaring his intention to oppose certain court rulings that are obstructing his government’s agenda.

In a message directed at news outlets, Kalonzo urged the Judiciary to resist the pressures from the Executive and instead prioritize the maintenance of the rule of law.

He criticized President Ruto for accusing him of breaking his previous commitment to supporting the autonomy of the judiciary.

“It is now evident that those who pretend to uphold the rule of law are now clearly exposing their true colors. They have paid lip service to the cardinal principles of the rule of law enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya, 2010,” Kalonzo said.

He urged the Judiciary to remain true to their oath of protecting Kenyans.

“In the face of this onslaught on the profession and practice of law in this country, we call upon the Judiciary to remain firm and resolute to protect citizens’ rights,” he said.

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The leader of Wiper also voiced approval for the upcoming week-long demonstrations by lawyers in solidarity with the Judiciary.

“We agree with the call by the LSK for nationwide peaceful protest throughout the coming week in support of the rule of law and solidarity with the Judiciary,” he said.

On Wednesday, the legal association urged its members to join a nationwide peaceful demonstration in support of the Judiciary in response to Ruto’s statements.

“We call upon all members to don purple ribbons throughout the coming week and join in the peaceful protests countrywide that will be organized by the society in support of the rule of law, and in solidarity with the Judiciary,” LSK president Eric Theuri said in a statement. 

Kalonzo made comments on the same day that the Kenyan chapter of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) called for the President to withdraw and provide further explanation regarding his remarks about “corrupt” judges.

 “In 2023, the President issued a stark ultimatum to what he called “corrupt individuals,” giving them three choices: leave the country, face imprisonment, or embark on a metaphorical journey to heaven commonly called “Mambo ni Matatu”. This warning was initially pronounced on Sunday, August 27, 2023, and despite drawing criticism, the President reiterated it on Wednesday, August 30, 2023,” the statement reads. 

Kalonzo backs planned anti-Ruto protests

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