The Four Kenyan Judges Sent Packing.
The fruits of the new Constitution of Kenya have finally started dawning on Kenyans who for many years have become victims of partial judicial system that delivered justice on the basis of nepotism and corruption rather than respect for the rule of law.
The same rule of law that a portion of the court of appeal judges failed to adhere to came to>>>
haunt them as their previous misdeeds and bias interpretation of the law not only threw four of them out of the Judiciary but also left their careers in limbo.
The four court of appeal judges that include President of the Court of Appeal Riaga Omollo, Emmanuel O'Kubasu, Joseph Nyamu and Samuel Bosire failed the integrity test submitted to them by the Magistrates and Judges Vetting Board.
For instance after the Sharad Rao led vetting process, Justice Riaga Omollo’s scorecard depicted him as person who delivered judgments both subjectively and inconsistently especially in the former President Daniel arap Moi regime.
His counterpart Justice Bosire failed the integrity test after it was found out that he cordoned torture of the 1982 coup suspects whereas Justice O'Kubasu was accused of accepting ‘gifts’ from litigants.
On the other hand Justice Nyamu was consindered unsuitable after the vetting board found out that his past work record depicted him as a stumbling block to the war against graft and was also subjective especially in political cases.
Kenyans now have a reason to smile and build confidence in the judiciary as individuals who went against the law for their own selfish gains have been thrown out and at least there is some light at the end of the tunnel for Kenyans who couldn’t bribe their way to receive justice.
The board must be commended for a job well done in vetting the suitability of the four judges as it will ensure Kenyans will now receive justice based on professionalism, accountability, impartiality, integrity and demonstrable possession of compassion and humility.
The only way Kenyans can now continue to enjoy the fruits of the new Constitution is by imitating the good work done by the judges vetting board and utilize the same integrity scorecard at vetting the suitability of the different political leaders in the upcoming general elections.
This will be the only way the country will ensure that we have leaders who posses high integrity, who are open minded and have the capacity to decide issues according to the law, even when the law conflicts with personal views.
On the other hand Kenyans need to ignore politics based on tribalism as it pose more harm than good to them, lets elect leaders based on their integrity scorecard results rather than their tribal or political affiliations.
If Kenyans elect competent leaders then the fruits of the constitution as enjoyed in the judiciary will also be shared in the political sphere and the nation as a whole.