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Kenyatta criticises judges after constitution reforms blocked.


Kenyatta criticises judges after constitution reforms blocked.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday took aim at the judiciary after a recent ruling scuppered his plan to change the constitution ahead of next year’s general elections.

In a speech celebrating Madaraka Day, marking the country’s attainment of self-rule in 1963, Kenyatta singled out several court decisions that have put him at loggerheads with judges.

In 2017, the Supreme Court made a historic ruling cancelling his victory in a presidential election over widespread irregularities. He won a further term in a re-run which was boycotted by the opposition.

Then in May, a High Court ruled his reforms known as the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) were illegal.

“From nullification of a presidential election in 2017 to an attempt to stop the will of the people as expressed through BBI, the judiciary has tested our constitutional limits, but not broken them,” Kenyatta said in a televised speech.

“We must follow the rule of law and obey the decisions of the courts but the sovereign and supreme voice of the people of Kenya must also be followed.”

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