President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Chief Justice David Maraga to “get used” to offensive caricatures posted by “bloggers” after satirical mimicries of a semi-naked Maraga massaging Migori Governor Okoth Obado on the shoulders went viral.
The cartoon image was meant to suggest that the Judiciary is “massaging” suspects of serious crimes, instead of taking stern action against them.
The caricatures also showed other Supreme Court judges, including Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and Njoki Ndung’u, in “funny” positions massaging other crime suspects.
The source of the pictures remain unknown.
An angry Mr Maraga said, during the National Anti-corruption Conference held in Bomas of Kenya on Friday, that he was “aware” of the offensive pictures “showing me naked”, and urged the “bloggers” to desist from posting such lewd images.
During his speech, President Kenyatta urged the CJ to “get used to the bloggers” because it is the Judiciary that prevented implementation of a law that would bar bloggers from “insulting people left, right and centre”.
“…just like the rest of us get used to it” says President Kenyatta to CJ Maraga on the issue of ‘professional bloggers’ pic.twitter.com/vL4ToDr6jP
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) January 25, 2019
“Bwana CJ if I can just take a little break here,… You know, I found it very interesting… I saw you were very angry today, especially with one group in our society called bloggers. I remember there was a time we wanted to a pass a law to stop these people from insulting all of us left right and centre, but then it was taken to court and the courts ruled that it [law] was unconstitutional. So, just like the rest of us, get used to it,” said President Kenyatta.
“You’ll just have to get used to it. There is nothing much we can do,” added the Head of State.
President Kenyatta, in his speech, insisted that the Judiciary is the “weakest link” in the fight against graft, urging the Chief Justice to “reflect” and, thereafter, expedite resolution of corruption cases that are either dragging or shelved in court.