I am taken aback by the slander being engineered against the Supreme Court and the judicial officers; which began with an article on social media about the capture of the Supreme Court through NGOs.
We can critique judges, even sometimes harshly; but we must always remember that they stand between anarchy and the rule of law/order and a civilized life.
Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and Justice Issac Lenaola, hold high judicial offices as high priests of the law.
They have the public trust and confidence to interpret the constitution and administer justice.
In the trial of Jesus before Pontius Pilate, the following happened as set out in the book of Matthew 27 in the New Testament:
While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.”
When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.”
And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.”
And so, Kenyans, you want to spill the blood of innocents and place the curse upon your children up to the fourth generation.
The purported call logs that have been attached in the petition against the judges cannot be true; and if they are then, there is only one inference to be made:
- That the State is now snooping the phones of judges and reading there text messages and monitoring them on a minute by minute basis.
- That cell providers are supplying our private data to the highest bidder against the constitution and other written laws. That door is now open and is in the market place.
- That the state has commenced a process of purging the judges and independents in the bench/ and or is involved in espionage and a process of intimidating them to silence and or co-option.
- Fourthly is that one is not allowed to have an independent mind in our motherland
Justice Geroge Odunga in the Wavinya Ndeti case said this poetic words: “That Judges are not angels who ascend to heaven on Friday and descend to earth on Monday to continue to dispense Justice during the week”.
They are human beings with friends, family, societal ties and a life.
However, when one appears before a Judge, you expect that the judge will be impartial and administer justice without fear or favour and be true to his or her judicial oath.
A campaign that is therefore meant to besmirch and undermine judges and the institution of the judiciary is a campaign that takes us back to more than 2,000 years ago in the mob trial of Jesus Christ.
When Pilate said to them (the Mob), “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?”
They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!”
Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?”
But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”
We want to crucify our courts under the guise of political expediency; but in the process, we shall destroy our soul.
Mr Ombati is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.