It is imperative that the government respects the rule of law, which includes obeying court orders.
But despite the High Court ordering the immediate restoration of signals to three television stations that were switched off last Tuesday pending the hearing of a case, the stations are still off.
Another example is the barring of Francis Wangusi from resuming his post as director-general of the Communications Authority of Kenya despite a court order reinstating him in office.
These two scenarios are clear proof that the government is guilty of doublespeak. On one hand it is adamant that it must punish those who break the law but on the other it totally disregards the same law when it snubs court orders.
We aver that such a stance risks entrenching a culture of disobeying court orders among the general populace, which is a path we don’t want.
We affirm that orders from the courts should always be respected even when they don’t go our way.
The laws of the land should always be sacrosanct since the moment we start flouting them we risk derailing the very tenets of the Constitution that we are supposed to uphold.