By Agnes Mwangangi
Kituo Cha Sheria has withdrawn as a friend of the court in the retirement age of judges’ proceedings at the Supreme Court which entered its second day Thursday.
This came after its advocate Dr. John Khaminwa was instructed to stand down on grounds that he was taking sides in the proceedings.
The lawyer had claimed that there were cartels hell-bent on arm-twisting other judges in the judiciary urging Chief Justice Willy Mutunga to protect his colleagues.
Paul Muite for the Judicial Service Commission responded by saying he was happy to belong to a cartel that upholds constitutionalism and the rule of law.
Nelson Harvey representing an interested party Michael Osundwa claimed that the Judicial Service Commission is being externally influenced by counsels Paul Muite and AhmedNassir Abdullahi who he accused of being behind the exit from the judiciary of the then Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza and former Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Boss Shollei.
Osundwa was seeking a review after a ruling requesting to be enjoined in the case was turned down.
Justices Kalpana Rawal and Philip Tunoi are seeking to overturn the court of appeal ruling that all judges must exit service at 70.