Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO) have called out former Chief Justices Willy Mutunga and David Maraga for “imposing their legal philosophies” and bypassing current CJ Martha Koome.
The duo launched scathing attacks against President Uhuru Kenyatta over what they say is “disregarding the rule of law and undermining the independence of the Judiciary” in rejecting the six judges recommended to him by the Judicial Service Commission(JSC).
Dr. Willy Mutunga, the first CJ under the Constitution of Kenya 2010, wrote a letter asking the president to live up to his oath of office and obey the Constitution. He asked President Uhuru to swear in the six judges giving him an ultimatum that he should otherwise resign or be impeached.
Maraga, another former CJ, accused the president of disregarding the law by refusing to appoint the six judges. He also lauded his predecessor Dr Mutunga for the bold letter he wrote to the president.
But according to MYWO, Mutunga and Maraga’s stance are not only misogynistic but also disrespectful. “They have opted to totally bypass Martha Koome.”
“This “mansplaining” behaviour is common in many workplaces, where men by their speech act as though women are incapable of understanding complex concepts unless the men give detailed explanations,” the statement read.
The organisation expressed their disbelief that a woman of the calibre of the Judiciary’s boss would be disrespected in that manner.
“We as Maendeleo ya Wanawake stand in solidarity with Martha Koome, and we cannot repudiate the two former chief justices’ behaviour enough. This demonstrates to us that although we have made massive strides in the fight for women’s rights, we still have a long way to go.”
“We will have to do more to alter attitudes and mainstream women’s excellence in society. Until women are respected as equal members of this society, the fight for gender equality is far from over,” MYWO concluded.