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Kenya's Chief Justice shines YouTube light on tension with government

Watch the Chief Justice give his speech

Kenya’s Chief Justice David Maraga has won international respect for the brave decision made by himself and other members of the Supreme Court in setting aside the result of the August 2017 elections.

‘Brave’, because it would inevitably be seen as anti-government in a country where judges are increasingly expected not to rule against the ruling elite.

Statute vs Statue: when judges become art critics

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The sharp-eyed petitioners in this case were former MP and now legislator in the East African Assembly, Simon Mbugua, with the director of Kenyans for Justice and Development, Okiya Okoiti. They challenged the constitutionality of the new bank notes for their depiction of the man regarded as the founder of modern Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta.

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