President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga after the famous HANDSHAKE that gave birth to the BBI process.
After last Thursday’s stunning high court ruling on BBI, what we should be celebrating now is the maturity of our democracy, regardless of the side of the political divide that we support.
It seems our judiciary has finally grown some real teeth. The bold ruling against the BBI process is a sign of the onset of true independence of our courts and a classic example of the principle of separation of powers in action.
The shocking judgement given by the high court on Thursday once more reaffirms the maturity of our judiciary. In some countries, the five judges wouldn’t sleep in their houses after the ruling because of fear for their lives.
It’s worth noting that no country has ever prospered, in the true sense of the word, without having an independent and effective justice system.
Even though I know that the BBI tussle is far from over, until all appeal avenues are exhausted, the biggest statement that has been made by the courts is: the process is as important as the outcome and nobody is above the law.
It seems that the bold and positive precedent that was set by the Maraga Supreme Court bench, which nullified a presidential election back in 2017, still lives on.
Has the reggae beat been finally silenced totally by the Kenyan courts of law? That remains to be seen.
But what I am sure of is that Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta (as addressed by the judges) must have seethed inwardly, in his seat, as the judgement was being read.
His name was adversely mentioned in that long judgement several times.
Let’s now wait for the second REVISIT.
The Hypocrisy of Those Celebrating Loudest.
DP William Ruto’s Tweet immediately after the high court ruling that declared the BBI process illegal.
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that Deputy President William Ruto is the leading light of those who are opposed to the BBI process.
Immediately after the high court ruling, the DP took to social media and led his troops in thanking God for the ruling. His tweet partly read, “There is a GOD in heaven, who loves Kenya immeasurably…”
One might be tempted to ask: wasn’t the same God still in heaven when the Justice Maraga-led supreme court bench declared the sham presidential elections null and void, back in 2017? What did the DP say about the ruling back then?
He angrily rubbished the landmark ruling as “kiingereza mingi” and reiterated that Jubilee won the election “fair and square”.
In a veiled threat, reinforcing Uhuru’s “We shall revisit” threat, Ruto had this to say:
The seven Supreme Court judges, led by CJ Maraga, who nullified the 2017 presidential election.
“Tunataka (David) Maraga atuskie vizuri, kwa sababu he has had his day, ours is coming. By the way, that is not a threat. He has had his day, he has done his game, our day is coming.” This is on record!
Why is he suddenly discovering that God is in heaven, only when things seem to work in his favor? Doesn’t the good book of wisdom say that the God of the valley is the God of the mountain?
It seems that other than COVID—19, hypocrisy is the other serious pandemic ravaging the world today.
Ruto and his ilk, who bitterly castigated the Maraga Supreme Court, after the court nullified the 2017 presidential election, have no moral authority to celebrate the latest ruling from the high court.
They brought the curse of the current Jubilee government on us. Hence , they should just shut up and spare us this hypocrisy galore.