Kenyan chief justice receives death threats over Kenyatta ruling

February 20, 2013

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Kenyan Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said on Wednesday (February 20th) that he received death threats two days before clearing Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta to run for the presidency last week.

Mutunga said he received a "poison-pen letter" dated February 13th, signed by the "Mungiki Veteran Group/Kenya Sovereignty Defence Squad", warning against a ruling barring Kenyatta and his running mate former Eldoret North parliamentarian William Ruto from running in the election.

It has not been established whether the letter came from Mungiki, supporters of the two Jubilee leaders or political rivals, Kenya's The Standard reported.

"Let no individual, group, candidate or supporter imagine that cowardly and dark acts such as this will cow us," Mutunga said.

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  • Wambugu Githaiga
    February 23, 2013 @ 05:12:54PM

    Quite unfortunate for our CJ who is definately equated with the much desired Judicial Reform and populary accepted and credited honourably with a distinction.Please as we talk of integrity th manner even himself as he displayed the letter from the date he also received it,the process unto which he even conduct himself when travelling out on official duties,it is CLEAR that something is amiss even in the Juduciary Protocal hundling of our Chief Justice.Politicising few incidences and Cord anchoring themselves leaves too much to be desired. 2 big questions for ourselves to answer-a)Didint we watch in dismay the leader of the mungiki in their(CORD) Manifesto Launch at Uhuru Park humiliate a sitting Vice-President .Surely who is fooling who when it is in the public domain of mungiki adherents subscription? It is clear that The Ministry/docket of Immigration which is under CORD who are fully destined to politicise their schemes to meet their desired result is quite frastrated by the Youthful Presidential campaign mounted by the unstopable "The Jubilee Campaign-UHURUTO" .It is embarassing that even our CJ cannot order investigation and rushes to the media,giving a clear indication of not respecting and recognising other Constituional institutions. Thanks for your highlight. Yours Wambugu Githaiga

  • kullu
    February 21, 2013 @ 11:10:04PM

    the said Kenyatta and even Odinga are not Kenya, let them leave Kenyans in peace and if possible forget even the presidency they are looking for. because for anything they already have more than enough and they know only to safeguard what they have, and they know how they got it. let them not make Kenyans fight because of two people. it is of no benefit to all Kenyans.

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