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Senator James Orengo reacts to CJ Maraga’s advice to President Uhuru Kenyatta


Siaya county senator, James Orengo, who is also a lawyer by profession has come out to laud Chief Justice David Maraga after he advised President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve the national assembly after it failed to implement the two-thirds gender rule.

According to senator Orengo who took to his official twitter handle, the advice from CJ Maraga to the president is momentous.

He went ahead to disclose that the advice is probably the most significant and historical, adding that it is going to be a big test on how the government apply and values constitutionalism.

“CJ Maraga’s advice to the President to dissolve parliament is momentous. Probably the most significant and historic from a constitutional standpoint. How we apply foundational principles and values of the rule of law and constitutionalism is now the big test,” senator Orengo said.

In a letter dated 21st September this year, that was addressed to President Uhuru Kenyatta that was signed by CJ Maraga, he advised the president to dissolve Parliament pursuant to Article 261(7) for failing to enact laws to achieve the two-thirds gender rule.

“Dissolve Parliament for it’s failure to comply with the 2/3 Gender Rule,” part of the letter that the CJ wrote to President Uhuru read.

The advise has so far elicited mixed reactions from both political leaders and Kenyans.

Makueni senator, Mutula Kilonzo Junior took to his twitter to dismiss CJ Maraha saying his advice is premature.

“The message by CJ for dissolution is premature. Article 216(6) requires an order to be ISSUED. before the clause(7) is invoked . Sen Farhiya & yours truly have a constitutional amendment bill on two thirds gender rule at second reading . The president should RTS the advisory,” Senator Mutula Junior posted.

Social media users on their end took it as the biggest test of rule of law questioning whether the president will act as advised by the CJ or the rule of law applies on few selected individuals