Raila slams Matiang’i over attacks on Judiciary

Opposition leader Raila Odinga. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Opposition leader Raila Odinga. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has slammed Interior secretary Fred Matiang’i over his attacks on the Judiciary on Tuesday.

In a terse statement, Mr Odinga accused him of using words that “should not be on the lips of a State officer” to attack particular judges whose recent decisions he disagreed with.

Mr Odinga, in his first open tirade against the Jubilee administration after his famous handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta, accused Dr Matiang’i of frustrating their reconciliation and unity efforts.

“It is unethical and irresponsible for a Cabinet Secretary to publicly denigrate another arm of government and to refer to judges as “evil.”

It is irresponsible to castigate one’s predecessors in office particularly when they are dead and not there to defend themselves,” said Mr Odinga in the statement.

He was referring to Dr Matiang’i’s claim that the late Immigration minister Otieno Kajwang helped Dr Miguna to fraudulently acquire a passport.

Mr Odinga also accused the CS of using Parliament to attack a separate arm of government and perpetrate impunity instead of dealing with accusations of violation of NRM self-styled general Miguna Miguna’s rights.

“If Dr Matiang’i has evidence against the judges he is attacking, the responsible thing to do is to register his complaint and present his evidence to the Judicial Service Commission.

He warned state officers to be wary of their actions and utterances that may frustrate reconciliation efforts.