A lobby has challenged the decision by Chief Justice Martha Koome to allow Justice Jessie Lessit to hear the IJM Lawyer Willie Kimani’s murder case.
In a letter to the Chief Justice, Sheria Mtaani and Shadrack Wambui have asked the CJ to withdraw her directions to Lessit, arguing that its illegal and against the law.
“This is because the court does not have the jurisdiction to deal with High Court matters following its elevation to the Court of Appeal,” the letter states
According to the letter that has been received by the CJ’s office, there are hundreds of litigants that were affected by the swearing in of judges to the Court of Appeal but only Justice Lessit has been allowed to conclude her matters.
They argue that its discriminatory for Judge Lessit to conclude her matters when there is no communication that the other judges are also concluding their matters.
“Could it be that my Lady has information that the other Honourable Justices concluded the matters that they were handling before their elevation to the Court of Appeal?” the letter posed.
The lobby wants an explanation from Koome on why she directed Justice Lessit to conclude her matters even though she has already been sworn in as a Court of Appeal judge.
The other High Court Judges sworn in as Court of Appeal judges are Justices Msagha Mbogholi, Hellen Omondi, Mumbi Ngugi, Francis Tuiyott and Pauline Nyamweya.