Legal experts, including former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga and UN special rapporteur Margaret Satterthwaite, are calling on Chief Justice Martha Koome to publicly disclose the agreements made during her meeting with President William Ruto at State House. The experts, speaking during a webinar convened by the Kenyan section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), emphasized the importance of transparency to maintain public confidence in the Judiciary.

The experts acknowledged the significance of intergovernmental meetings but stressed the need for caution to avoid speculation, particularly regarding the independence of the Judiciary. Former vice chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission Mercy Deche highlighted the importance of judicial courage and integrity in upholding the rule of law, emphasizing the need for mechanisms to address corruption and strengthen transparency within the courts.

Deche also urged the Judiciary to cultivate allies, including the bar association, civil society, and the public, to defend its independence. She expressed concern over the silence from independent commissions and agencies in the face of attacks on the Judiciary, urging Chief Justice Koome to remain vigilant against any attempts to undermine judicial independence.

Satterthwaite emphasized the importance of separation of powers and urged all branches of government to uphold public confidence by respecting their respective roles. She underscored the UN’s commitment to addressing attacks on individual judges and ensuring accessibility to legal systems for all citizens.

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