Kenya’s Chief Justice Willy Mutunga says him and other judges have been threatened with “dire consequences” if courts block presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta from running in the imminent country’s elections.
Kenyatta, who is a son of the country’s founding president ,Jomo Kenyatta is one of four Kenyans accused at the International Criminal Court of orchestrating violence that killed 1,200 people after Kenya’s 2007 election.
He is supposed to be tried at the Hague for the Crimes in April after the election together with his running mate William Ruto.
Because of the crimes ,pressure groups asked Kenya’s High Court to disqualify them from contesting the election but the Court on Friday refused to disqualify them arguing that it did not have the power to annul Mr Kenyatta’s candidacy.
The Chief Justice Mutunga says he has received a “poison-pen letter” from a group “extolling” violence.
The president of the Supreme Court said the threats, as well as attacks against five other judges — some involving guns — would not be tolerated.
“Let no individual, group, candidate or supporter imagine that cowardly and dark acts such as these will cower us,” said Mutunga. “We have seen and overcome worse, and we will all soldier on for this country. None will be held hostage by a cabal of retrogrades.”