Supreme Court judges were conspicuously absent as President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed the first sitting of the 12th Parliament on Tuesday.Their rooms (committee rooms 7 and 9 in the National Assembly), where they were supposed to sit before making their way to the gallery, were still empty by the time the President made his way to Parliament Buildings and finally to the National Assembly’s debating chamber.
Details have emerged indicating why Chief Justice David Maraga and other Supreme Court Judges missed the official opening of the 12th Parliament by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
According to Maraga’s personal assistant, Mundia Muchiri, the CJ was not invited to the function. He, however, noted that maybe the invite was sent to the Judiciary, but none was delivered to Maraga’s office.
“I can speak on good authority and say that there is no invite that was sent to the CJ, unless it was sent generally to the Judiciary, which should not be the case. The Speaker should, as a matter of protocol, send the invite to the CJ, for if you do not invite the Chief Justice, then who else have you invited?” Muchiri posed.
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi said the invitations were sent to the Registrar of the Judiciary who was supposed to invite the judges to the reopening of Parliament.
Asked why they were not sent direct invitations, Mr Muturi said: “We don’t do it that way. I was told they were invited and their seats were reserved on the side where I sat. I wouldn’t want to cast aspersions on them, though.”