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New Chief Justice Won’t Work On Saturday, 5 Things You Need To Know About David Maraga

Justice David Maraga was on Thursday unveiled as the Judicial Service Commission’s choice for the post of Chief Justice.

He graduated with a degree in Law from the University of Nairobi in 1977 and has a post-graduate diploma from the Kenya School of Law in 1978. He holds a masters in Law from the University of Nairobi as well.


Here are five other things to know about him;

1.He will only serve one term

Justice Maraga is 64 years old. The Chief Justice position has an age limit of 70, meaning he will only serve one term and the commission will have to again interview applicants for his replacement.

His one term at the helm of the judiciary, if aproved, will match his predecessor Willy Mutunga who resigned before reaching 70 years

2.He is going to be the 14th chief justice

Justice Maraga will be the 14th person to hold the office of the Chief Justice in post-independence Kenya. He will however be the second person to hold the office under the new constitution.

3.He is a staunch Seventh Day Adventist

During his interview on August 31, Justice Maraga was categorical that he would not work on Saturday in line with his Sabbath Day Adventist faith. He said he cannot compromise church for work.

4.He headed the tribunal that recommended the removal of Judge Joseph Mutava

Justice Maraga had on Wednesday presented a report to President Uhuru Kenyatta recommending for the removal of Judge Mutava for misconduct. This was after the tribunal he headed concluded its hearings and produced a full report.

5.He describes himself as a good time manager

Justice Maraga says he used to apologise when court started late while working in Kisumu. He prides himself in being a decisive person of integrity and humility and a good time manager.He cited his record as the presiding judge of the Appellate Court in Kisumu from October 2014 to July 2016 where he made 1,250 judgments thereby clearing case backlogs.



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