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‘You warned me!’ – Defiant Ruto vows to weed out corrupt judges

President William Ruto remains unyielding in the face of calls for an apology following his previous statements targeting the Judiciary.

In a social media post, the President asserts his commitment to rooting out corruption within the judicial system, dismissing warnings from Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi and Paul Muite.

“Ahmednasir SC, you warned me of sabotage by corrupt judicial officers. I told you there are many good officers in the judiciary, and that we will root out the corrupt. We shall. Muite SC, the impunity of bribing judges so as not to derail, delay, or sabotage Kenya’s imminent transformation will never happen under my watch,” President Ruto declared on his X platform.

President Ruto reiterates his stance that corrupt officials in the country will face three options: going to jail, leaving the country, or going to heaven.

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He emphasises that no funds will be used to bribe anyone, stating, “Mambo ya wafisadi wote ni yale nilisema” (The affairs of all corrupt individuals are as I stated).

On Tuesday, the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Eric Theuri criticised the President for vowing to ignore some of the court orders.

Mr Theuri asked the President to apologise or face protest going forward.

“Gone are the days when the judiciary played second fiddle or bowed subserviently to the executive arm of the government, presided over by the Head of State,” LSK said.

Chief Justice Martha Koome also issued a statement, which reaffirmed the need to respect the independence of the Judiciary.

“JSC assures Kenyans that any allegations or complaints of misconduct or corruption by any judge of Judicial officer will be dealt with firmly and swiftly in accordance with the constitution,” CJ Koome said.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga and Wiper Democratic Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka also criticised the President for threatening the constitution he swore to protect when he took power.