One-on-one with Chief Justice nominee David Maraga


The new Chief Justice nominee, Justice David Kenani Maraga, has promised to deliver justice if he is confirmed as Kenya’s second Chief Justice under the new constitutional dispensation.

Justice Maraga said that he is excited with the nomination saying that while he expected positive feedback, the timing came as a surprise.

“I was at home when I received the news through the press. I was expecting it to be made tomorrow (Friday),” said the elated Maraga.

“I am excited to be nominated for the position and while the process is not over, I am hoping for the best,” he said.

The 64-year-old Maraga was the third applicant to face the vetting panel during the Chief Justice interviews.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree, LL.B, and a Masters of Law, LL.M, from the University of Nairobi.

Before being appointed a Judge, David Kenani Maraga was in active private practice for 25 years covering criminal and civil litigations as well as conveyance.

In October 2003, he was appointed a Judge of the High Court and later a Court of Appeal Judge in 2011.

He chairs the Judiciary Committee on Elections.

In 2012, he successfully underwent the vetting process by the Sharad Rao-led Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board, actively defending himself against accusations of tribalism and bribery.

A staunch Seventh Day Adventist, Justice Maraga invoked God’s name during the vetting board proceedings swearing that he had never taken a bribe in his life.

JSC has forwarded Maraga’s name to President Uhuru Kenyatta, who will then convey it to the National Assembly for vetting.

If approved, the name will be returned to President Kenyatta for appointment.



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