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Another judge cites Executive interference

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Denzel Musumba

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The Judiciary is increasingly being forced to fight for its space in the changed constitutional dispensation.Early this week, it was the turn of Chief Justice Willy Mutunga to defend the Judiciary and tell the Executive to respect court rulings.On Wednesday a Judge of the High Court — whose controversial ruling called for the arrest of Sudanese President Al Bashir if he ever steps on Kenyan soil — spoke out over what he claimed was a scheme to hound him out of office.Justice Nicholas Ombija made the stunning claims as he referred to the Chief Justice a file on a case filed by former Industrialisation Minister, Mr Henry Kosgey."I have reliably been informed there is a scheme by the Executive to hound me out of office. The orchestrated intimidation by the DPP’s (Director of Public Prosecutions) office in Kosgey’s case is part of this scheme," the judge said.He attributed his tribulations to last year’s ruling ordering the arrest of the Sudanese president, following an application by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) Kenya Chapter.Bashir was the first Head of State to be indicted by the ICC over claims of genocide and war crimes in Darfur. He denies the charges.Elsewhere in Meru, Education minister Sam Ongeri and Imenti North MP Silas Muriuki called on politicians to respect the reformed Judiciary...Click here