By Irene Muchuma/Micheal Njuguna
A special service for the newly appointed chief Justice David Maraga was on Saturday held at the Nairobi’s Maxwell seventh day Adventist church amid renewed optimism that the war on graft will finally be won.
A staunch seventh day Adventist, Maraga vowed to use his new office to redeem the image of the judiciary that has in the recent days suffered the brunt of condemnation over alleged cold feet in the fight against corruption.
During the vetting exercise to find a replacement for retired chief justice Dr. Willy Mutunga, chief Justice David Maraga maintained that the new office will not compromise his religious conviction, adding that he will not superintend over a presidential petition if it fell on Sabbath.
Maraga explained that only special circumstances that can force him miss church on a Saturday. His firm stand came as his appointment continued to attract approval from political leaders.
The new chief justice was accompanied to the Church by family members and friends.
Elsewhere, the CJ cited corruption in the judiciary as a major impediment in the delivery of justice. Maraga says one out of ten judiciary staff is corrupt and responsible for tainting the name of the institution.
He noted that among those involved in graft were judges and junior staff, noting that this had turned the judiciary into a punching bag.
Magara said they would strengthen the office of the Ombudsman to investigate corruption cases and give accused judges an opportunity to defend themselves.
The CJ was addressing Judges of the High Court during the end of a four day workshop in Naivasha.
He noted that the President and his deputy had raised concern over statutory orders issued by some judges saying they were affecting development projects and funding.
A day after President Uhuru Kenyatta expressed his concern over failure by the judiciary to fight graft, the CJ said he was ready to tackle the vice head on.
The CJ who was speaking in his first public function said that there was a major outcry from the public over the high number of cases pending in the courts.
Meanwhile, Narok county woman Representative Soipan Kudate is urging Maraga to accomplish the task of rooting out corruption within the judiciary.
Kudate says Maraga has demonstrated that he has the capacity to slay the ghost of corruption that has remained an impediment to development.
Speaking while donating milk coolers to residents of Duka Moja in Narok East Constituency, the Narok county woman representative hailed Maraga’s appointment as a milestone to tackling corruption in the country.
Kudate further affirmed her county’s support for the jubilee government and called on residents to stand behind President Uhuru Kenyatta in the forthcoming general election.