‘Maraga conducts meetings in Kisii language,’ Petition seeking his removal claims


'Maraga conducts meetings in Kisii language,' Petition seeking his removal claims
File image of Chief Justice David Maraga. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Dimbili also claims that Maraga's office is full of staff majorly drawn from one community, with official instructions reportedly conducted in the ethnic dialect.
  • The Petitioner also accuses the CJ of making references to the Wajir petition judgement before it was delivered during the Laikipia gubernatorial petition ruling.

The Judicial Service Commission has received a petition seeking the removal of Chief Justice David Maraga from office citing abuse of office.

In court documents seen by Citizen Digital, the petitioner, Yusuf Dimbili cites gross misconduct and abuse of office as grounds that warrant CJ Maraga’s removal as the President of the Supreme Court.

Dimbili also claims that Maraga’s office is full of staff majorly drawn from one community, with official instructions reportedly conducted in the ethnic dialect.

“…the situation is so bad to the extent that meetings and instructions in the said office are conducted in the ethnic dialect of the Chief Justice…” claims Dimbili in the petition.

“…A human resource audit of the office of the Chief Justice will clearly indicate that 85% of the workforce being drawn from the Kisii community where the Chief Justice hails…”

The Petitioner also accuses the CJ of making references to the Wajir petition judgement before it was delivered during the Laikipia gubernatorial petition ruling.

“The Laikipia petition judgement was delivered on February 8, 2019 and the Wajir petition was delivered on February 15, 2019. This is not only unprofessional but reeks of gross misconduct,” reads the petition in part.

The petition also questions Maraga’s presence in political rallies attended and addressed by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Kisii and Nyamira counties.

Further, Dimbili claims that Maraga disregarded the law by endorsing Prof. George Magoha for the Education CS post, way before his grilling by Parliament.

“… he stated that the newly nominated Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof. George Magoha did not need to undergo vetting in order to assume the said office… That the utterances of the respondent regarding the vetting of the nominee is a clear indication of the utter disrespect and disregard of the rule of law. It further displays his partisan and tribal partiality, in that he can do anything for political and tribal interests,” read the petition in part.

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