Parliament Must Oversight Judiciary Lawyers Tell CJ Koome
The Judiciary is now under tight scrutiny following sentiments by Chief Justice Martha Koome directing Judiciary officials not to honour summonses by parliament.
A section of constitutional lawyers has now wedged into the matter describing it as impunity.
Lawyer Shadrack Wambui says that it is against the law and that Koome is biting more than she can chew.
‘‘The separation of power is very clear in the constitution and even based on this there is nowhere judiciary has been absolved from answering audit queries they must attend and take responsibility,’’ he told Ghetto Radio News.
Wambui has further asked Koome not to promote impunity among her officers and that such moves jeopardise the constitutional mandate of parliament.
‘‘They must know that Members of Parliament are elected by people and that their core mandate is to legislate, represent and oversight,’’ he says.
In her letter to the National Assembly Speaker and Senate Koome cited harassments and frustrations by Members of Parliament as reasons they cannot honour committee summonses.
“In the recent past we have had frequent and multiple summonses from Parliament, overlapping and duplicating summonses from committees of the same house and also between the two houses to discuss the same issue,’’ she said.
This tendency by Parliament in its exercise of its oversight mandate is worrying and needs to be addressed as it is not only threatens the stable relationship that has been forged for the past few years between these two organs of the state, part of it borders on harassment,” Koome added.
National Assembly Speaker Justine Muturi however, slammed Koome saying the CJ was overstepping on her manadate.
‘‘I saw the communication of the Chief Justice through social media first, that was unfortunate it is not the way arms of government relate. They must understand that parliaments all over the world have constitutional mandate to oversight all arms of government,’’ Muturi said.
Story By Allan Otieno