What Happened: Kenyan Supreme Court Chief Justice David Maraga has alleged that recent drastic budget cuts to the country's judiciary are the result of political interference by President Uhuru Kenyatta in an attempt to undermine the courts, Reuters reported Nov. 4.
Why It Matters: The cuts could lead to an erosion of public trust in the independence of Kenya's judiciary branch and upend ongoing anti-corruption investigations.
Background: A number of foreign businesses and nongovernmental organizations are headquartered in Kenya, a vital East African economic hub. Domestic strife over power-sharing among ethnic groups and corruption, among other problems, frequently dominate the country's political system, particularly during election years.
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