President William Ruto and Chief Justice Martha Koome on Monday, reached an agreement, ending their weeks-long feud, where they struck an agreement that will see the three arms of government work in unison to eradicate corruption.
According to a statement, released by the Statehouse Spokesperson, Hussein Mohammed, the meeting between Ruto, and Koome attended by senior government officials reached several conclusions.
Per the statement, the leaders present at the meeting agreed that corruption is a major problem across the three arms of government hindering service delivery.
“Corruption remains an existential threat to the nation which has permeated the three arms of Government, undermining our country’s tremendous development potential and sabotaging the much-needed transformation of our nation”, read the statement in part.
A photo of the President, and members of the three arms of the government at the meeting held at Statehouse on January 22
The Judiciary scored a huge win from the meeting after President William Ruto agreed to CJ Koome’s request for increased budgetary support.
As outlined in the statement shared by Hussein Mohammed, the extra funds will facilitate the recruitment of an additional 25 Judges of the High Court.
The money will also facilitate the recruitment of 11 new Judges of the Court of Appeal. Similarly, part of the money will also be channeled towards the Judiciary’s vehicle leasing program to support the judiciary’s transport needs.
Formulation of Policies to Tackle Corruption
The meeting also slapped a 30-day ultimatum on the leadership of the three arms of government to submit proposals made to a forum of the National Council of the Administration of Justice (NCAJ) convened by CJ Koome.
The forum is expected to be a roadmap for the immediate, medium-term, and long-term measures to be undertaken to fight corruption in the three arms of government.
In line with this plan, the leaders of the three arms of government agreed to formulate policies to fight corruption and enhance service delivery to the Kenyan people.
The meeting was concluded with the three arms agreeing to perform their functions in a manner that respects, promotes, and enhances the rule of law, institutional independence, and respect for court decisions.
Notably, the truce comes after rising tensions between the Judiciary and the Executive, where it was perceived that the Judiciary was under attack by the Executive.
The President had previously committed to bypass court orders to push the government’s agenda, while the Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua had committed to present a petition calling for the removal of Justice Esther Maina before shelving the plan.
Chief Justice Martha Koome (left) and President William Ruto (right) with his deputy Rigathi Gachagua.