Kenya: Maraga Defends Judiciary, Says Court Orders Must Be Obeyed

Chief Justice David Maraga speaks at the Supreme Court (file photo).
7 February 2018

Chief Justice David Maraga has strongly defended the Judiciary, saying that court orders must be obeyed by all.

In a statement, Justice Maraga said whereas he does not ordinarily comment on matters that are actively in court, there have been, in the last few days, worrying developments in the administration of justice that threaten the rule of law.

The CJ said disregard of court orders is an act that is not only inimical to the rule of law but also completely at odds with Kenya's constitutional outlook.

CIVIC OBLIGATION

"Compliance with court orders is not an option for any individual or institution. Neither is it a favour to be doled out to the Judiciary. Rather it is a crucial matter of constitutional and civic obligation," he said, adding that if a party feels aggrieved by a court decision, they can seek to have it reviewed or varied or appeal to have the order set aside.

To disobey a court order is not only a violation of the constitution but also a dereliction of public duty, the CJ said.

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