Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah has revealed his plans to file a case against President William Ruto over his constant attacks against the Judiciary.
Speaking to the media on Friday, the senator explained that the President had overstepped his bounds by meddling with the affairs of the Judiciary.
Other than seeking legal redress in court, the activist vowed to push for Ruto’s impeachment should he fail to retract his remarks which reportedly tainted the image of the Judiciary.
” I’m trying to get the police to record my statement. The case has been transferred from Nairobi to Kisii and I will be heading there on January 31, 2024, to deal with it,” he detailed.
Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah speaking during the launch of the County Aggregation and Industrial Park(CAIP) in Busia County on August 11, 2023.
“To me, it’s a serious allegation because the independence of the Judiciary is not for his benefit but for that of the people. It’s the people who benefit when the judge is not biased.”
“So this is something close to my heart and I would be asking that the President withdraws his statement or I’ll build a file for him to leave office and deal with him,” the senator told KTN News.
Omtatah lauded the judges for the judgments delivered on Friday including the nullification of the Housing Levy and the barring of the National Police Service (NPS) from deploying police officers to Haiti.
He noted that the independence of the Judiciary is integral to the development of a country.
“The Judiciary gave priority to the people of this country. If we allow this law that has been declared unconstitutional to continue, it will create chaos and the public interest will not be served in that route,” he added.
Omtatah is renowned for fighting for Kenyans’ rights on social issues and policies instituted by the government.
He was among the respondents who filed the case against the Housing Levy, arguing that it lacked merit and was unconstitutional.
Meanwhile, Article 145 of the Constitution outlines the process of impeaching a President which must be supported by two-thirds of the National Assembly and ratified by the same number in the Senate. Currently, Ruto enjoys the majority in both houses.
A sitting president can also be impeached on grounds of gross violation of the Constitution or committing a crime under international law.
President William Ruto addresses Meru residents at the groundbreaking of the Ksh150 million Kianjai Market on Thursday, January 25, 2024