President William Ruto has agreed to engage in discussions with Chief Justice Martha Koome and the two Speakers of Parliament following the continuous assaults on the Judiciary in the recent two weeks.
While addressing the public during the inauguration of Tinderet Integrated Technical and Trainers College in Nandi County on Tuesday, Ruto emphasized the importance of dialogue in cleansing the Judiciary of what he characterized as a few ‘corrupt’ individuals hindering the country’s development.
“I agree with what CJ says about dialogue, and we must have a conversation about corruption, and we will not allow graft to impede our development,” remarked the Head of State.
“This is the year we will sort out corruption in Kenya. Let me tell you CJ, I am ready to hold a meeting between the leadership of the Executive, Judiciary, and Legislature. I am ready for the conversation on how we will deal with corruption because it is sabotaging the progress and potential of Kenya.”
President Ruto also stressed that the dialogue should involve all relevant stakeholders.
“I am going to lead from the front in that conversation so that we can deal with the corrupt who go to court to escape justice and stall government operations. They want to hold the system hostage by bribing the Judiciary through hiring expensive lawyers and derailing the progress,” he noted.
“I’m confident that we will have that conversation.”
On Monday, Chief Justice Koome invited President Ruto for a meeting to discuss the concerns he has raised in the past weeks regarding alleged corruption in the Judiciary.
CJ Koome’s response was triggered by a series of attacks against the Judiciary by the Kenya Kwanza leadership.