Legal professionals march against presidential defiance.
In a notable display of unity, legal professionals in Kenya, organized by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK), have taken to the streets of Nairobi to protest President William Ruto’s recent threats to disregard court rulings. The rally, which commenced at the Supreme Court and is advancing towards the president’s office, aims to address growing concerns over the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary in the country.
President Ruto’s Controversial Statements
The demonstration follows President Ruto’s controversial announcement last week, where he openly declared his intention to disobey court rulings. Without naming specific judges, he accused them of colluding with opposition politicians and “cartels” to impede his administration’s projects. The statements sparked widespread criticism, prompting the legal community to respond assertively to defend the principles of the rule of law.
LSK stresses the rule of law and potential impeachment.
Eric Theuri, the President of the LSK, emphasized the gravity of the situation during a media briefing, stating unequivocally, “The President of this country is not above the law.” He underlined that compliance with court orders is not a discretionary act but an obligation mandated by the Constitution. The LSK is considering the initiation of impeachment proceedings against President Ruto for potential “violation of the constitution” if his attacks on the judiciary persist.
Legal action by the LSK
In response to President Ruto’s actions, the LSK has mobilized a legal team to file a petition with the High Court, alleging that the president is in violation of the constitution. The move underscores the legal community’s commitment to upholding the integrity of the judicial system and ensuring that constitutional principles are safeguarded. The legal action by the LSK represents a pivotal moment in the ongoing tensions between the executive and the judiciary in Kenya.
As the demonstration progresses through the streets of Nairobi, prominent figures from the Kenyan legal community, including former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and former Minister Eugene Wamalwa, actively participate. Both are currently serving as opposition lawmakers; their presence adds weight to the legal community’s collective stance against any attempts to undermine the rule of law.