Kenya suffering from lack of leadership, says CJ Maraga

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Chief Justice David Maraga 

Kenya is facing a leadership crisis and the poor bear the brunt of pandemic corruption, Chief Justice David Maraga has said.

Maraga described the country’s leadership as being on trial and said there is sufficient evidence.

Reiterating that corruption is a pandemic, he accused politicians of “shamelessly plundering public resources without giving a thought to the poor who are in dire need”.

“We can only succeed in passing on the virtue of integrity to others if we live out whatever we say.”

The Supreme Court president noted that jobs such as his are not for the faint-hearted.

Maraga urged fellow judges and the political class to strive for integrity and respect, and engender public confidence in the discharge of their constitutional mandate.

It is common knowledge that some of the disputes brought to court involve matters of great national importance — matters which if not carefully and prayerfully handled, can tip the balance of national security and plunge this country into chaos and total anarchy, he said.

His statement comes barely a week after Jubilee Party secretary general Raphael Tuju accused him of nearly plunging Kenya into chaos after the Supreme Court annulled the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, forcing a presidential rerun.

The CJ said Kenyans are keen to pursue leadership skills but lack the resolve to practise what they study.

“At a time when the world has made mind-boggling advances in science, technology and the arts, it is ironical that a confidence gap in leadership is strongly manifest throughout the world,” he said.

“Is it because of the credibility deficit in their character, conduct or confidence? Could it be that the approaches to leadership training and the basic assumptions about what leadership entails have been erected on a faulty foundation?

“Could it be that we need to rethink and redefine leadership and evaluate our leadership goals?”

Maraga maintained that true leaders demonstrate integrity by their actions.

“One can be a great leader and make great profits for oneself or for one’s employer through corruption. That’s not a leadership style worth emulating,” he said.

“Men and women of integrity are those whose word can be depended on in any situation. Trust and confidence are the foundations of every business relationship they engage in. In my view, that is a value system of great, if not absolute, honesty.”

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‘You almost burnt Kenya,’ Jubilee tells CJ Maraga in protest letter – suspicious motives revealed

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Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju

In a clear signs of revenge to the Kenyan judiciary by Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju has written a protest letter to Chief Justice David Maraga. In the letter seen by kenyapoa, (see below) jubilee regime narrated over what Mr. Tuju terms as “bias, double standards, impunity and poor leadership” on the part of the Judiciary.

In a hard-hitting open letter and without mincing his words, Tuju accuses Justice Maraga of “almost burning” the country last year.

“My Lord, with all due respect, may I state the following, not to provoke you but to submit that no powers can be absolute… Irresponsible actions from the Judiciary, Executive or Parliament can burn this country – and with due respect you almost succeeded in burning the country after August 8th Elections,” says Tuju.

Tuju goes ahead to cite eight instances where he claims the Judiciary was biased instead of being impartial, just and fair.

The first case Tuju highlights is the perceived failure by the Judiciary to condemn NASA’s boycott of the October 26, 2017 repeat presidential election yet the poll was an order issued by the court.

Tuju further says that when NASA publicly declared there would be no election on October 26, 2017 and Jubilee went to court seeking a clarification on the fate of the repeat poll, the Supreme Court failed to urgently address the matter.

“The Supreme Court saw nothing urgent about this petition to the court and gave a hearing date of 27th October 2017. A post de facto date. This was like a naughty wink to NASA to continue with their contempt of the Supreme Court,”  said Tuju.

According to Tuju, it was open bias for the Supreme Court to give priority to the case where two petitioners wanted to stop the October 26 election, with the Chief Justice directing that the matter be heard the next day which had been gazetted as a public holiday.

“To any rational observer, it is the kind of fast tracking that you can only get in this country when “you know people,” adds Tuju. “The case collapsed after some of your Supreme Court judges failed to turn up and you had to eat humble pie”.

He also notes that the opposition has continued to disregard the court ruling that upheld Kenyatta’s win on October 26, but the Supreme Court has failed to act even after NASA went ahead to hold a mock swearing-in ceremony.

“To our consternation, you were quoted by the local media saying that you had no powers to stop your judges from conducting the swearing in of the people’s president… I sincerely hoped that you were misquoted otherwise this would have been another wink to NASA to proceed with their nonsense,” says Tuju.

The Jubilee party boss further says the Court declined to urgently hear a case filed by the Attorney General to stop the January 30th swearing-in of Odinga. He faults the court for setting the hearing for mid February, days after the controversial event.

Tuju also states that the Judiciary has remained silent on the issue of the People’s Assemblies yet a Kitui court suspended the formation of the assemblies.

He also points the instance where a court dismissed with costs, a case seeking to restrain Siaya Governor Cornell Rasanga from visiting violence on IEBC officials.

Lastly, Tuju faults the court for “granting many Okiya Omtata prayers exparte and with utmost urgency and anticipatory bond to NASA leadership” after the swearing-in.

Tuju’s letter comes a week after Justice Maraga accused the Executive and the police of interfering with the independence of the Judiciary following the recent move to disregard court orders.

In the meantime, Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta confirmed the resignation of the country’s attorney general Githu Muigai who has been serving in that capacity since August 2011. He is suspected of being groomed to take over the judiciary as the chief Justice and then fire CJ Maraga in retaliation.

Muigai served in the Mwai Kibai led government and was retained by the Jubilee government when it came into office in 2013. His name was however missing from the list of cabinet secretaries and officers to be retained by president Kenyatta following his 2016 reelection.

The president confirmed the resignation of the government’s top legal officer on his official Twitter account.

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Uhuru Kenyatta made threats to the judiciary after he lost a case in August 2017. He might be preparing grounds to reshuffle the supreme court as part of organized scheme involving his cousin who recently resigned as Attorney General.
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Chief Justice David Maraga is being accused by jubilee regime of what they as “bias, double standards, impunity and poor leadership” on the part of the Judiciary. The move is seen as early ground warning to remove him from the position.
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South Africa’s Jacob Zuma resigns after pressure from party

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Mr Zuma said he was resigning “with immediate effect”.

South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned after intense pressure from his own party.

In a televised statement he said he was quitting with immediate effect but said he disagreed with his ANC party’s decision.

The ANC had told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in parliament.

The 75-year-old has been facing calls to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s new leader.

Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption.

Earlier on Wednesday, police swooped on the Johannesburg home of the powerful and wealthy Gupta family with whom Mr Zuma has close ties.

He began his speech by laughing and joking with members of the press, asking them why they looked so serious.

After paying tribute to those whom he had worked with over the years, Mr Zuma said that violence and division within the ANC had influenced his decision to step down.

“No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect,” he said.

“Even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organisation, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC.

“As I leave I will continue to serve the people of South Africa as well as the ANC, the organisation I have served… all of my life.”

Via BBC

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Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn resigns, says to pave way for reforms

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Ethiopian prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn during a joint press Conference with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House on June 23, 2016. /FILE

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has resigned unexpectedly, saying he hoped to end years of unrest and political upheaval.

In a televised address, he said his resignation was “vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy”.

Mr Hailemariam, who has led the country since 2012, also stepped down as chairman of the ruling coalition.

Hundreds of people have died in three years of anti-government protests.

Demonstrations first spread across the country in 2015 amid calls for political and economic reform and an end to state corruption.

Most of the unrest has centred on Ethiopia’s two largest regions, Oromia and Amhara.

A 10-month national state of emergency that ended last year failed to stop the protests, as did the release of thousands of opposition supporters from jail last month. .

“Unrest and a political crisis have led to the loss of lives and displacement of many,” Mr Hailemariam said.

“I see my resignation as vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy.”

Leaders of the governing coalition – the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) – held an emergency meeting following the announcement, the Addis Standard website reported.

BBC Africa Correspondent Alastair Leithead says Ethiopia’s economic growth has been impressive but its steamroller approach to development has sparked years of regional, ethnic-based protest.

The old guard that runs Ethiopia is now afraid its federal, Soviet-style system could collapse, he adds, leaving two possible solutions – to crack down harder on dissent or to try political reform.

Mr Hailemariam said he will stay on as a caretaker prime minister until parliament and the EPRDF accept his resignation and choose a replacement.

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 1. Robert Mugabe overthrown as Zimbabwean President, 
2. Jacob Zuma impeached as South African President (center)
3. Hailemariam Desalegn Resigns as Ethiopian PM (right) 
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Miguna Miguna’s Stern Warning to Kalonzo Musyoka over jubilee

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NRM General Miguna Miguna has now issued a fresh warning to Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka

NRM General Miguna Miguna has now issued a fresh warning to Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka for allegedly undermining the NASA coalition.

The outspoken international lawyer claimed that Musyoka and the Wiper team have been secretly working with the Jubilee government to undermine NASA leader Raila Odinga’s agenda.

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A STERN WARNING to @CoalitionNASAKe affiliate “parties” especially @WiperMovement: The #NRM generals and troops all over the world are WATCHING you. Stop conspiring with the @JubileePartyK despots to undermine the POPULAR WILL of the people – in Parliament & elsewhere. @skmusyoka,” Miguna warned.

He issued the warning from Canada where he was forcefully exiled after claims that he had lost his Kenyan citizenship.

In the meantime, Former NASA Principal Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka aka “Watermelon” has exuded his true colours by saying Raila’s swearing-in was illegal.

Speaking to Musyi FM, Kalonzo said that he fears taking the oath because they might use it against him and block his bid for presidency in 2022.

Kalonzo’s words have ignited displeasure among NASA supporters who took it to social media to hurl insults at him.

Let us tell each other the truth. Raila’s oath was illegal thus unconstitutional. Ruto is waiting for me to be sworn-in so that he can use it to block me in 2022″.

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KALONZO Drives The Last Nail On His Political Coffin, Says Raila Swearing-In Was Illegal
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OPPOSITION MUST ACCEPT UHURU IS THE LEGITIMATE PRESIDENT OF KENYA – 11 FOREIGN ENVOYS

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Ambassadors and high commissioners from the European Union and America in Kenya, led by (front from left) British High Commissioner Nic Hailey, US Ambassador Robert Godec and others, address the press on Kenyan’s  election.

By Foreign envoys 
Kenya is special. As diplomats living here, we see and admire daily the determination and creativity of the Kenyan people; the energy and innovation of Kenyan business; and the inspiring democratic journey that Kenya has made since independence. These and Kenya’s many other achievements have made it a hub for the region and indeed for the continent and the world.

Like all democratic countries, including our own, Kenya’s democracy is not perfect. But it can and should remain a source of strength, and an inspiration to all of us.

That is why, as friends, we are deeply concerned by recent political developments in Kenya. The government and the opposition have taken steps that have undermined Kenya’s institutions, and driven wedges among its citizens.

A father of multi-party democracy has made unsubstantiated claims about elections and unilaterally sworn himself as “President”, in deliberate disregard of the Constitution for which he so proudly fought.

The government, which should be the guarantor of liberty and freedom of expression for all under the law has shut down television stations, seized the passports of opposition leaders, refused to obey court orders, and deported a prominent opposition lawyer. These events follow two elections that left many Kenyans dead and many more livelihoods disrupted.

For friends of Kenya, alarm bells are ringing.

The ambitions of politicians are fundamentally weakening institutions, and breaking the bonds of shared citizenship, which Kenyans have built up patiently over decades.

We are concerned not because we presume to dictate how Kenyans should regulate their country’s affairs – we don’t. But as fellow democracies, we know our freedoms and rights were hard won, and how carefully we must cherish, strengthen and protect them if our nations are to thrive and prosper.

For democracy to work, leaders must govern justly on behalf of all citizens. When citizens disagree with the decisions leaders make, they dissent peacefully. Opposition provides a check on governmental power. A free media and civil society keep the public informed and facilitate dialogue, and that dialogue improves the policies and programs that leaders deliver to their citizens.

Long-standing issues.

Institutions and constitutions are not abstract things of interest only to lawyers. They are the only way to ensure that everyone can get justice regardless of gender, religion, wealth or personal connections; can build a better future for their family; and can have their voice heard in the decisions that affect their lives.

Today, Kenya stands at a fork in the road along its democratic journey. Its leaders need to take the right path for Kenya to succeed. We strongly urge the Government to comply fully with court orders and follow legal process in appealing or contesting them. Freedom of expression, freedom of the media, and all civil rights need to be protected. When individuals are arrested, their rights should be respected and due process followed. Citizens have the responsibility to protest non-violently, and security services should avoid unnecessary or excessive use of force. Whatever the conduct of others, the government has a special duty to protect democratic institutions and adhere to the Constitution and the rule of law at all times.

Meanwhile, the Opposition must accept the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the election of October 26. Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto are the legitimate President and Deputy President of Kenya. The Opposition needs to accept this as the basis for the dialogue that it and many Kenyans want. Stoking and threatening violence are not acceptable, nor are extra-Constitutional measures to seize power.

As partners, we will do all we can to help; but only Kenyans can resolve the country’s problems. We again call for an immediate, sustained, open, and transparent National Conversation involving all Kenyans, to build national cohesion, address long-standing issues, and resolve the deep-seated divisions that the electoral process has exacerbated.

We are investing in Kenya and have great hope for the future. But Kenyans must summon now all their strength and resolve, reaffirm the Constitution, and put the country back on the path to democracy, prosperity, and security.

  • Nic Hailey, High Commissioner for the United Kingdom
  • Robert F Godec, Ambassador of the United States
  • Jutta Frasch, Ambassador of Germany
  • Alison Chartres, High Commissioner for Australia
  • Sara Hradecky, High Commissioner for Canada
  • Mette Knudsen, Ambassador of Denmark
  • Anna Jardfelt, Ambassador of Sweden
  • Victor Conrad Rønneberg, Ambassador of Norway
  • Frans Makken, Ambassador of the Netherlands
  • Tarja Fernández, Ambassador of Finland
  • Kim Ramoneda, Chargé d’Affaires a.i, France

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Threats and extra-constitutional measures will not help you capture power. Accept that Uhuru Kenyatta is the legitimate president of Kenya – Godec tells Odinga.

Miguna’s ARRIVAL in Canada. GENERAL Welcomed with Flowers and Kenyans

 

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I’m coming back to Kenya, Miguna Miguna declares

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Nasa activist Miguna Miguna who was recently banished to Canada. He has said plans are underway for his return to Kenya that has branded him persona non grata. FILE PHOTO

By CHRIS WAMALWA

TORONTO, CANADA

Self-declared National Resistance Movement (NRM) “general” Miguna Miguna who was recently banished to Canada has said that plans are underway for his return to Kenya that has branded him persona non grata.

In an exclusive interview with Nation in his law offices in Toronto Canada over the weekend, the fiery lawyer who on January 30 participated in the “swearing-in” of opposition leader Raila Odinga as the people’s president, Dr Miguna said nothing, not even President Uhuru Kenyatta would prevent him from returning home to continue advocating for electoral justice.

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“I’ve just received reports that Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto are saying that it doesn’t matter how many orders I obtain. I may obtain a million orders but they will never allow me back to Kenya. My message to Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto is this, Kenya does not belong to you and I’ll be back. Sorry,” he said.

Prodded further on when he will return home, Mr. Miguna said, “As soon as I can go. I know my wife will not be happy to hear that but some of these things you have to decide how you want to live your life and the legacy you want to leave behind. As we speak, my lawyers have filed a petition today.”

COURT PETITION

He said his team of lawyers has moved to the High Court to seek his exoneration from claims that he had been deported so that he can return to Kenya as quickly as possible.

“As we speak, my lawyers filed a petition today in the High Court seeking to invalidate the purported decision of withdrawing my citizenship,” Dr Miguna said.

Calling on the international community to intensify pressure on the Kenyan government to respect the rule of law and press freedom, Dr Miguna said western governments that purport to be champions of democracy, accountability and press freedom have tended to pay lip service to the importance of these values when it comes to Africa and other third world countries.

“These so-called western government should do more than just paying lip service to these things,” he added.

Dr Miguna said his recent altercation with the government should serve as a wakeup call for the people in diaspora to take keen interest in what is going on back at home.

He said his message to the diaspora is to remain organised, focused and fearless.

“Understand that Kenya belongs to all of us,” he added.

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