CHIEF Justice Willy Mutunga has said the hacking and doctoring of his emails by "corrupt elements" was an affront to the independence of the judiciary.
The CJ, who was speaking to judges and magistrates yesterday, said they are fighting a corrupt enterprise that has threatened him and his staff.
"We have to remember that we are dealing with a criminal enterprise whose desperation has become evident in hacking and doctoring electronic communication, which is shamelessly and remorselessly published and broadcast without any regard to the constitutional protection of privacy," Mutunga said.
"The attack on the electronic communication of judicial officers represents a new, insidious and reprehensible threat to judicial independence." His comment comes weeks after the media published emails revealing a plot to fire former Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Gladys Shollei. Last week the judiciary fired Shollei over her alleged misappropriation of Sh2 billion.
However, Shollei has denied the allegations. She has said her sacking has nothing to do with any wrongdoing but is a wellhatched plan to get rid of her over power struggles. Yesterday Mutunga vowed to soldier on with his fight against corruption in the judiciary.
He said he will not condone the vice. "We, including the media, should know that corruption is not a joke. It is not a pet, a teddy bear to mollycoddle under the false theory of equivalence of voice. It is dangerous. Its arguments are specious, its intentions pernicious, and its claims spurious. It tars and hurts individuals, institutions and society, but it must be fought."
"From out there, I hear entreaties that we need to save the institution. We are being implored to hide our problems, to cover up malfeasance in order to build fake public confidence in the judiciary. I say we owe the Kenyan people the truth. I want every Kenyan to know, I want the Executive to know, I want Parliament to know and I want the media to know that when it comes to fighting corruption, the Chief Justice is not for turning."
Justice Martha Koome, the chairperson of the Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association, said she is concerned about constant threats by Parliament to summon the CJ and JSC members over Shollei's sacking. Kaikai Kissinger will replace Shollei, in an acting capacity.