Six judges rejected by ex-president Uhuru want state to pay KSh 23 million

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Six judges rejected by ex-president Uhuru want state to pay KSh 23 million

The six judges whose appointment was disapproved by former President Uhuru have moved to court seeking KSh 23 million in damages and an apology from the state.

The six are Court of Appeal judges Muchelule Aggrey, Korir Weldon Kipyegon, Prof. Joel Ngugi and George Odunga and Environment Court Judges; Cheruiyot Omange and Judith Elizabeth.

The six have told court through an affidavit sworn by Justice Muchelule that the State failed to provide reasons and explanations for declining the appointment from July 22, 2019 to September last year.

“We suffered public humiliation because of insinuations created by Uhuru and other public officials to the effect that we were collectively persons not fit to hold the offices of Judges in Kenya,” they argued.

Through their advocate Elisha Ongoya, they seek damages for being humiliated in public to which they demand that the office of the President clears their names of the allegations of being unfit to hold office and offer an apology.

The Court of Appeal judges want KSh 3.9 million each in damages and the environment court judges seek KSh 3.7 million. They cumulatively want KSh 23 million in damages.

The six also demand that the Attorney General publishes a public admission stating that the no evidence was ever presented before the Judicial Service to raise eyebrows on their integrity.

The six were appointed by President Ruto in September after he was sworn into office.

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The six had petitioned court severally to compel former President Uhur to appoint them. The court had pronounced itself that the six be appointed. The former regime was however reluctant despite the court orders.

Former President Uhuru however defended his decision saying the six had integrity issues as had been established by the National Intelligence Service and other security agencies.

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