FIDA KENYA PRESS STATEMENT IN REACTION TO THE THREATS AGAINST THE CHIEF JUSTICE, THE JUDICIARY AND DIPLOMATS – 21st FEBRUARY 2013

FIDA Kenya is repulsed by the impudence of the Mungiki Veterans Group/Kenya Sovereignty Defence Squad in threatening the chief justice, judges and diplomats accredited to Kenya. This action validates the levels of increased impunity in Kenya that has rolled down from the executive, political leaders and now to such organized groups in Kenya.

It is upsetting that Kenyans keep entertaining debates on whether or not the four ICC suspects should stand trial, hold public office or be elected in the upcoming general elections. It is more appalling when such emotions are extended to the international community and to the judiciary. Kenyans must be reminded that the judiciary is an independent institution entrusted with the role of adjudicating disputes and upholding the rule of law and therefore the judiciary must not be subjected to any harassment or intimidation from any quarters. 

It is disheartening to see how the rule of law is being despised and democracy watered down by forces that are anti reforms. The Judiciary under the leadership of the Chief Justice has come a long way and made laudable reforms aimed at ensuring a peaceful election. We must support the judiciary in this initiative and not threaten the very office we run to when our rights are violated. FIDA Kenya joins other members of the civil society and Kenyans of good will to strongly condemn blatant violation of the Constitution of Kenya. Kenyans are looking forward to a peaceful 2013 elections and it is unacceptable to have such groups threatening this fundamental freedom.

FIDA Kenya is equally dismayed by the careless statements made by political leaders belittling the threats to the office of the Chief Justice, equating the threats to the advisory messages by the international community. It is no doubt that Kenya is part and parcel of the international community and diplomatic advisories must not be misconstrued to mean threats. We call upon the National Security Intelligence Service, the Police Service and Director of Public Prosecutions to fully investigate the matter with a view of restoring confidence 
to voters pending the polls. We also call upon the National Cohesion and Integrity Commission to take action against political leaders who are increasingly making statements that imply Kenya is under attack and that influence Kenyans to organize themselves under tribal groupings. Such alarming statements can culminate into ethnic tension within the country.

The threat by organized groups is a clear manifestion of the political party leaders’ inflammatory statements. Such statements must be desisted for the sake of peace and harmony in the country. As we approach the forthcoming general elections, it goes without saying that the integrity and independence of the Judiciary must be beyond reproach so that the 
country does not experience the anarchy witnessed during the 2007/2008 post-election violence. As the leading women rights organisation in Kenya, we shall continue through 
civic engagement to encourage women and the nation at large to peacefully vote for credible leaders and shun any such heinous acts against any independent Constitutional bodies and fellow Kenyans. 

Thank you
Ruth Aura
Chairperson FIDA Kenya
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FIDA Kenya is repulsed by the impudence of the Mungiki Veterans Group/Kenya Sovereignty Defence Squad in threatening the chief justice, judges and diplomats accredited to Kenya. This action validates the levels of increased impunity in Kenya that has rolled down from the executive, political leaders and now to such organized groups in Kenya.