Kenyans have reacted to Justice James Wakiaga’s threat to the media on publishing stories linked to Monica Kimani’s murder.
Kenyans online said that his excuse saying that he is an ‘Old school judge’ was not enough to gag the media. A tweep even alleged that the judge was being used as an agent to kill the case. Many have have questioned why Justice Jessie Lessit recused herself from the matter.
A whats app screen shot has been making rounds on the internet indicating that Deputy President William Ruto has a hand in the case and that the government has a hand in the issue as the murder of Monica was a diplomatic issue.
Here are some of the tweets:
Judge James Wakiaga comes out as biased and compromised. He should withdraw from the case. Trying to intimidate anyone with "I am old school" is archaic and belongs to the history bins. People will go to jail defending rights your honour.— Robert ALAI, HSC (@RobertAlai) October 17, 2018
Justice James Wakiaga issues a warning to the media to stop publishing information relating to the Monica Irungu murder case, saying it has the potential of influencing his judgment. Also warns parties to the case to stop feeding the media with info relating to the case.— Gabriel Oguda (@gabrieloguda) October 17, 2018
Is this the reason Justice James Wakiaga is taking over the case from Justice Lessit? To save Jacque Maribe and Joseph Irungu ? Some sources shared with me this. Justice for Monica Kimani might not be achieved @dkmaraga pic.twitter.com/k5WsKNIVqy— Rein (@Asamoh_) October 17, 2018
Jacque Maribe's powerful friends may be out to rescue her. Jacque will walk home on October 24.— Alice Akinyi (@Alicia_Akeys) October 17, 2018
"Justice James Wakiaga" pic.twitter.com/U5kRSaZYdo
Sorry Monica you had a shot of getting justice with Jesie Lessit presiding. Justice James Wakiaga won't do you any good. Bt rest assured karma won't let u down.— Walker Shambu (@Walker_shambu) October 17, 2018
Justice Wakiaga stated that his attitude toward the media was negative and warned them to stop publishing unauthenticated reports.
“My attitude towards these people (media) is negative!…Those statements that you keep on telling us about this case, stop writing them from now,” he said.
“I am an old-school judge… if I am influenced before a case, I get upset,” he continued
He said that although Kenyans had a right to information on the proceedings the media reports were contravening the principle of sub judice which states that a matter before the court is not subject to public discussion elsewhere.
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