I’m not running away from Cartels, says Mutunga

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has moved to dispel information that his early retirement is due to the powerful cartel in the Judiciary.

Mutunga said he is not afraid of the cartels whom he admitted are in the Judiciary but was leaving early in order to give the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) time to recruit his successor.

“I am not afraid of cartel neither I’m running away from them. I’m just admitting that they are there in the Judiciary like we all know,” Mutunga said during his last public address at Korogocho slums.

“I just want to go home and reflect then tell you what happens in your institutions,” Mutunga told members of the public who turned up for the event.

The Chief Justice said his exit at the Judiciary does not mean that activities at the third arm of government will stop.

“People need to understand that Mutunga is not the Judiciary and Judiciary is not Mutunga. Other activities will continue as usual. The courts will continue to operate and people will continue to get justice,” Mutunga said.

He assured the public that his exit at the Judiciary does not mean that he has stopped the struggle for a just society. “I will continue with the struggle for a just society, you don’t retire when the battle has not been won,” he said.

Mutunga, who is set to retire on Thursday this week, siad the government can devise ways of dealing with the cartels in this country whom he said is affecting the economy.

He said in Western Countries the government have a conversation with cartels and solutions on way forward is always found.

“These are people with money amounting to billions, we must start a conversation as a country with such people and we will have a way forward,” Mutunga said.

He also cited Tanzania where former President Julius Nyerere had a conversation with cartels and they brought back millions of shillings.

“Nyerere talked with the cartels on the interest of the country, the talks were successful and Tanzania got back millions of shillings, what stops us from having such talks too, Posed Mutunga.

Mutunga urged members of the public to always ask for accountability from those in authority in order to get better service instead of always complaining.

“Sometimes I think members of public have a problem, they complain a lot but do very little to put those in authority to account,” he said.


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