By Sylvester Ruto
Chief Justice applicant Professor Makau Mutua and Attorney General Githu Muigai Wednesday morning engaged in a fascinating field of legal fireworks as Mutua appeared before the Judicial Service Commission vetting panel.
Prof. Mutua Law lecturer, had a difficult time explaining a tweet where he vowed never to recognize Uhuru Kenyatta as President just after the Supreme Court ruled that the March 2013 election was free and fair.
Mutua said he tweeted in the context of the then ICC case against President Kenyatta.
Prof Mutua denied that he was involved in procuring witnesses against the so-called Ocampo Six.
“If I did, you would know. All I did is that I trained the ICC prosecutors,” he stated.
Mutua however, said that if appointed he would not have any problem working with President Kenyatta since he has been cleared by the ICC.
The AG also sought to know why Professor Makau wanted to be considered for the topmost Judiciary position as it emerged he had not paid any taxes to the government of Kenya and that he is also an American citizen.
Mutua told the vetting panel that he will renounce his United States citizenship if appointed Chief Justice adding that dual citizenship is protected by the new Constitution.
Supreme Court judge Jackton Ojwang will be the last candidate to be interviewed, Thursday for the Chief Justice position.
The last seven candidates had been locked out of the race but they were reconsidered, following a court order.