Chief Justice Martha Koome reiterated that she will not be coerced into submission by critics of the Judiciary and rather maintained that her arm of the government will enjoy its independence as enshrined in the Constitution.
Koome, speaking at the farewell ceremony of former Judiciary Chief Registrar Anne Amadi cited hard-hitting words in her speech, synonymous with the ‘hot air’ and ‘wild goose chase’ she used to dismiss the presidential petition filed by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in 2022.
She once again challenged complainants led by President William Ruto and his allies, to file complaints against any judge or judicial officer and allow the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to process them. However, all complaints should be lodged and processed constitutionally
“Such complaints must be lodged and processed in the manner prescribed by the Constitution. The Commission will only act on the basis of evidence and not on blanket statements or allegations that have not been substantiated. Doing otherwise will mean an overthrow of the Constitution and the rule of law. That the Commission will not do!” She warned.
Judges of the Supreme Court of Kenya.
CJ MARTHA KOOME
She also promised that any judicial officer or judge who will be implicated in corruption or any act of misconduct will face the law.
Nonetheless, she encouraged them to uphold the rule of law and not to be coerced into giving in to unlawful demands.
“Let us remain true to the constitutional instruction that the discharge of judicial duties shall be subject only to the Constitution and the law, and not the direction or control of any person or authority,” CJ Koome stated, reiterating similar remarks she issued in her first rebuttal to Ruto who accused the Judiciary of harbouring corrupt officials.
Meanwhile, the CJ called on the Acting Chief Registrar, Paul Ndemo, his staff to uphold the legacy of hard work and dedication that was a hallmark of the office managed by Anne Amadi.
“I urge Kenyans to remain vigilant to safeguard the hard-won gains of our Constitution including that of Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law. These are sacrosanct promises of our Constitution. They are gains for which Kenyans died, lost property and limbs to have. Therefore, they must remain our True North, Always!”
Amadi had served a ten-year tenure having assumed office in 2012. In her capacity, she swore in two heads of state, Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta (2013 and 2017) and William Ruto in 2022.
Koome lauded her for her good work, as she looked forward to furthering her legacy through her officials in the registrar’s office.
“Let us all reflect on the profound impact Hon. Anne Amadi has had on the Judiciary and draw inspiration from her exemplary service as we forge ahead in our quest to deepen access to justice and further realisation of the social transformation promise of our Constitution,” CJ Koome remarked.
“Amadi. You have served with unwavering commitment and unparalleled dedication, playing an instrumental role in supporting the leadership of the Judiciary through a transformative era,” she added.
The former Judiciary staff was credited for contributing to the creation of judicial systems, establishing clear administrative policies, and implementing standard operating procedures.
Outgoing Judicial Service Chief Registrar Anne Amadi.
CJ MARTHA KOOME