Deputy President Dr William Ruto has told the government and its responsible officials that they will be held responsible for disobeying court orders.
Speaking in Olerai, Narok County, Ruto said disobedience of court orders was setting Kenya on the verge of sliding into anarchy and impunity.
This comes just a day after police officers at Kilimani police station refused to release Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria whose representatives had a court order demanding his release on a Ksh 50,000 bail.
The officers are said to have maintained that they were following orders from above.
Mr Kuria was later on Friday evening released on a Ksh 20,000 police bail.
However, that was not the first court order to have been ignored.
The resurging wave of disobedience to court orders is similar of actions by the national executive in the period leading to the 2017 general election and post the election when the government, in February 2018, deported opposition activist and lawyer Miguna Miguna despite the court having issued an order directing the State to produce him in court, “dead or alive”.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi, who alongside then Immigration Principal Secretary Gordon Kihalangwa, and former National Police Service Inspector General Joseph Boinnet were fined Sh200,000 each for contempt of court, later dismissed the orders accusing the court of dishing out verdicts to frustrate government.
Miguna, a self-proclaimed General of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), has since made three unsuccessful attempts to return to the country.
He was deported back to Canada in March after spending 72 hours at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, demanding to be allowed reentry on a Kenyan passport seized when he was initially deported in February.
Miguna’s third attempt to return to Kenya aborted on Tuesday, January 7 after two airlines declined to fly him to Nairobi over red alert advisories issued by the government.
This happened even after his lawyers led by Dr John Khaminwa acquired other court orders demanding the state to facilitate Miguna Miguna’s return.
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