ODM party leader Raila Odinga has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to publicly share the specific integrity issues against six Judicial Service Commission (JSC) nominees he omitted in recent appointments.
The Head of State recently appointed 34 judges recommended by JSC and left out six among them justices Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, judges Weldon Korir, and Aggrey Muchelule.
Odinga in a statement on Saturday said that Kenya cannot survive a supremacy war between its institutions urging the three arms of the Government to seek common ground.
"I would therefore appeal to all the leaders of our three branches of government, the President, the Speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate, and the Chief Justice, to urgently seek common ground in their respective powerS in order to achieve a more effective government of the people, by the people and for the people.
"In doing this, each must avoid a theoretical pursuit of ideals that don’t serve the people.In the current stand-off over the refusal by the President to appoint six out of the 41 judges nominated by the Judicial Service Commission for superior courts, I challenge the Executive arm of government, to share with the Judiciary and the public the concerns and evidence that led to the rejection of the six," part of Odinga's statement reads.
The former premier adds, "The country deserves an informed debate rather than a shouting match on this critical matter. The people of Kenya deserve to know why the various branches of their government take the positions they do on an issue critical to nation as appointment of judges."
The full statement by Raila: