This means there are some colonial carryovers that our institutions and personnel have refused to shed.
I don’t get it when I hear such people aggrandising themselves by referring to one another as ‘learned friend’ yet they still wear wigs and use bombastic and loaded incomprehensible words instead of plain and simple language.
Back to Dr Mutunga. He wanted Kenya’s Judiciary to look more Kenyan than British.
He wanted to take the Judiciary to the people who are made to believe that it is ex-debito jusiticiae, the fountain of justice.
But how can a wigged or masked Judiciary be while it fails to do justice by respecting the identity of those it serves — as it is the case in donning wigs and gloves for some of our public personnel?
In Wigs, Skeletons, Bibs, Bands, and Bundles: An Albertan Barrister Deciphers the English Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), Laura Hoyano writes that “wigs are supposed to confer dignity, but I think that they make the wearers resemble sheep, and I find it difficult to keep a sober countenance, especially when ‘full bottom’”.
The Judiciary should rethink about abandoning the changes Dr Mutunga chaperoned for the deconstruction and emancipation of the Kenyan Judiciary from its colonial past.
But then, how many Kenyans understood the philosophy and wisdom of Dr Mutunga?
Latin has it that no one is considered a prophet in his homeland.
And, I believe, Dr Mutunga was a prophet of change.
Importantly, he did it not for personal but national gain and pride.
Mr Mhango, a Canada-based Tanzanian author and peace and conflict scholar, is an alumnus of UDSM (Tanzania) and Winnipeg and Manitoba universities (Canada).