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Kenya: Bad blood between executive & judiciary worries Kenyans

By Jeff Otieno
Posted on Thursday, 4 November 2021 18:16

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A fountain with a statue is seen outside the Supreme Court in Nairobi, Kenya, August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Monicah Mwangi

The bad blood between Kenya's executive and judiciary is no longer a secret. However, many Kenyans worry that the deep-seated rivalry between these two arms of government might plunge the country into a constitutional crisis if left unchecked.

In 2017, the Supreme Court cut short celebrations by Jubilee party supporters when it declared Uhuru Kenyatta’s win – in the August presidential election – null and void.

The decision angered Kenyatta, who vowed to ‘fix’ the country’s judiciary if re-elected in the repeat poll that was ordered by the apex court.

“We shall revisit this thing. We clearly have a problem. Who even elected you? We have a problem and we must fix it,” he said. “The Supreme Court sat and decided that they are the ones with a bigger power than the 15 million Kenyans who woke up, queued […] and voted for their preferred presidential candidate. […]”