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DP drops his bid to file a petition for the removal of Judge Esther Maina from office.

DP Rigathi Gachagua has reversed his decision to file a petition for the removal of Judge Esther Maina from office. The Deputy President’s office issued a statement on Thursday, citing the importance of fostering dialogue between the Executive and the Judiciary regarding the conduct of judicial officers.

The statement highlighted Gachagua’s acknowledgment of the national discourse on judicial transparency and the application of Article 10 of the Constitution of Kenya on the conduct of judges and other judicial officers. It also welcomed Chief Justice Martha Koome’s invitation to engage in dialogue on the critical issue of Judiciary accountability, an invitation endorsed by President William Ruto.

The Deputy President, in light of these developments, decided not to proceed with the petition at this time. Njeri Rugene, Head of the Deputy Presidential Communication Service, conveyed this decision in the issued statement.

Gachagua initially intended to petition for the removal of Justice Maina, accusing her of unfairly declaring his financial assets as proceeds of crime, tarnishing his reputation. However, the Deputy President has chosen to prioritize the broader conversation on judicial accountability and transparency through dialogue between the branches of government.

The statement emphasized Gachagua’s support for the ongoing dialogue initiated by Chief Justice Koome and endorsed by President Ruto to address recent attacks on the Judiciary and corruption allegations against judicial officers. President Ruto expressed his readiness to lead the discussions during the commissioning of the Tinderet Integrated Technical and Trainers College in Nandi County. He stressed the importance of involving all three arms of government in these talks.

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Ken Maasai

Ken Wakuraya is a seasoned Journalist with official accreditation from the Media Council of Kenya, possessing extensive expertise in covering political, Entertainment, and Human interest stories.

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