Chief Justice nominee Maraga to know fate Tuesday

By KBC reporters

Justice David Kenani Maraga the Chief Justice nominee will know his fate on Tuesday evening when the National Assembly debates his candidature.

The Parliamentary Justice and Legal Affairs Committee which vetted Maraga on Thursday last week is expected to table its report during the Tuesday afternoon sitting to pave way for the evening session which will see the National Assembly approve or reject his nomination.

The National Assembly has planned an extra sitting starting at 6:45 pm after members have familiarized themselves with the report.

It is widely expected that Maraga will sail through as he is perceived to enjoy support from the two political divides in the August house.

This even as three petitioners question his credibility based on past rulings in his thirteen years as a judge and want Parliament to reject his nomination.

Justice Maraga emerged the best out of 12 candidates interviewed by the Judicial Service Commission to replace retired Chief Justice, Dr. Willy Mutunga.

If chosen as the next Chief Justice, Maraga said that he would implement the use of Information and Communication Technology in the judiciary to speed up digitization of the processes.

He further stated that already there is a pilot project for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) which would help sort out cases like assault to ensure reconciliation of parties involved.

Maraga on being asked how he would deal with corruption in the Judiciary said, “in my opinion, the JSC should remain as the disciplinary body.”

If his nomination is approved by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee as well as the committee of the whole house, he will be formally appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta as the country’s new chief justice.



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