A visibly annoyed Chief Justice Maraga has admitted to being frustrated over alleged mistreatment.
In a press briefing Monday morning, Maraga claimed that the executive has been treating the judicial arm of the state with contempt even as he disclosed plans to oust him before the expiry of his term.
He pointed out the contemptuous treatment he received during the recent Mashujaa Day celebrations in Mombasa saying that his presence was not acknowledged by the presiding master of ceremony and he was further forced to use a side entry to the dais as opposed to the official entry that was designated for the dignitaries.
CJ Maraga announced that he would no longer attend public functions as is required of his office.
“The CJ has no Mercedes car, he is not accorded the respect due to his office in state functions. The last Mashujaa Day, the CJ walked to the dias through a sidewalk and the MC did not acknowledge his arrival. The CJ is not accorded the respect of his office. I have decided that until that happens, I will choose which State functions to attend. I cannot access the VIP lounge at JKIA yet when I go to other countries I am treated very well. Here we have a lounge that is locked. Why do we spend so much money to build a lounge that is locked for years on end?
“I am not serving at the pleasure of any CS or PS. We do not go out to look for cases, cases come to us. I will not go to look for public funds from anybody. Those are public funds” said the CJ.
In addition to the breach of protocol, CJ Maraga said service delivery at the corridors of justice will be greatly jeopardized if court operations are not adequately financed.
He said : “Unless the budget cuts are reversed, we do not have money for fuel, we will not have mobile courts, we will not have the court of Appeal circuits, we will not be able to pay for wi-fi for the e-filing and e-payments, plans to automate corruption courts will halt.”