Jubilee has distanced itself from a petition filed by Nyeri Town Member of Parliament Ngunjiri Wambugu seeking the removal of Chief Justice David Maraga from office following the nullification of the August 8th presidential election.
Both the National Assembly and Senate majority leaders have however defended the MP whom they say has a constitutional right to file a petition in the courts like any other citizen.
Addressing a presser on Friday, MP Adan Duale and Senator Kipchumba Murkomen said the petition should not be associated with the Jubilee leadership whose focus now is on re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“We can authoritatively say it is not a petition that emanated from the jubilee leadership or from the parliamentary group meetings of both houses. It is not a jubilee affair. I urge my fellow colleagues to continue focusing on President Uhuru Kenyatta re-election on October 17th” said Duale.
“We have spoken to the President and we will have more discussions on the same” Duale said.
His Senate counterpart Murkomen said it is suspect to associate the petition with Jubilee Party “We find it suspect when an MP in his personal capacity exercises his constitutional right it’s seen as if its the president who sent him,”.
He wondered why the application has caused ripples noting that it was not the first petition to be filed against a judge.
He said the opposition-NASA had filed a similar petition and was never linked to its leadership.
“This is not the first petition to go to the JSC about a judge, NASA had petitioned to remove justice Njoki Ndung’u and it never received this kind of attention that has been given to Wambugu’s”, said the Senator.
In the 14-page petition, Wambugu claims that during the hearing and determination of the presidential petition, the Chief Justice was influenced by The National Super Alliance – NASA political utterances which were made prior to the filing of the presidential petition.
Wambugu accuses the Chief Justice of gross misconduct and wants the Judicial Service Commission – JSC to investigate the conduct of Judge since his appointment.
“Chief Justice Maraga needs to be censured, I believe he has participated in gross misconduct, which is unprofessional. I believe that gross misconduct is trying to influence a presidential election,” Wambugu told reporters.
The Nyeri Legislator claims that Justice Maraga did not read through the evidence brought before him during the petition hearing.
Wambugu has equated the nullification of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August 8 win to a judicial coup and therefore wants his motives investigated.
Wambugu’s allegations come as Kenyans eagerly await the full judgement of the Supreme Court, which nullified the re-election of President Kenyatta.