Justice David Maraga Sworn in as New Chief Justice
Justice David Kenani Maraga has been sworn in today as the new Chief Justice at State House in a ceremony that was presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta. He takes over from retired Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga.
Maraga stated that he is willing to work together with the team at the judiciary in the fight against graft, despite the challenges. The President indicated that his first task will be to ensure that the over 20,000 cases of people in remand are cleared so as to ensure justice is delivered. He also indicated that corruption cases should also be cleared. This comes at a time when the judiciary has been accused of taking too long to resolve various cases. Chief Justice Maraga’s nomination was approved by parliament late Tuesday night, when parliament held a special sitting to vet his suitability.
Retired Chief Justice Willy Mutunga was absent at the swearing in , but sent his congratulatory message stating that in Justice Maraga, the Judicial Service Commission had found a Judge of great integrity, focus and energy. Mutunga also called upon other arms of government, National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ), The Judicial Service Commission, the Judiciary fraternity, and the Kenyan public to offer support to Justice Maraga.
Maraga 64, becomes the 15th Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya. He is set to serve for a maximum of 6 years .The Kenyan constitution indicates that the chief justice is set to hold office for a maximum of 10 years, or upon attaining the retirement age of 70 years.