COURT of Appeal judges have promised to deliver their judgment on two applications concerning the election date on July 31. The judges, through the director of Public Affairs and Communication Naim Bilal, said they will stick to the date set by the bench of five judges.
Bilal denied that three judges were on a go-slow after the Vetting of Judges and Magistrates Board postponed the announcement of their suitability till they make the ruling. "As judges we are supposed to be above these issues," said Lady justice Kalpana Rawal.
"We have nothing against the board because it is acting within it's mandate," said the Judge, adding that she is happy to clear the impression that they are on a go-slow.
In a letter sent to the CJ, the board regretted its decision to defer the determinations of Justices Rawal, Martha Koome and David Maraga. The Board said it was not aware that Justice Hannah Okwengu, whom it had cleared, was also in the bench that will rule on election date.
The Board explained that the misconception was unintentional, and no inference should be drawn as to the suitability or otherwise of the three judges. "Indeed their determinations have not been finalised but the Board is making every effort to accelerate the process and possibly release their decision in August 2," reads the board's response.
In the protest letter to the board by Justice Githinji, the three judges said the decision to defer their decisions has caused "panic, despondency and mental agony" to the three judges. "The postponement and the reason for the postponement according to them give the impression that they would be used and then dumped," reads the letter.