Maraga’s nom­i­na­tion awak­ens sleepy vil­lage

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics News -

The nom­i­na­tion of Jus­tice David Maraga as the coun­try’s next Chief Jus­tice lit­er­ally breathed life into an oth­er­wise sleepy vil­lage in Nyamira county.

Min­utes af­ter news the JSC picked him for the cov­eted and pow­er­ful po­si­tion, res­i­dents of Bosose vil­lage burst into al­most deaf­en­ing ul­u­la­tion – a Kisii tra­di­tional chant re­served for the com­mu­nity’s he­roes and heroines.

The vil­lage thrust it­self into head­lines on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, women leaped, jigged and hopped as el­derly men pranced around to tra­di­tional lyrics and hymns belted out by the youth and choirs.

Vil­lagers walked into the packed ru­ral home of the Ap­peal Court judge, and many could be seen sup­pli­cat­ing in low tones and thank­ing God for the nom­i­na­tion.

Maraga was rec­om­mended on Thurs­day, beat­ing 10 other ap­pli­cants for the CJ po­si­tion.

His name was for­warded to the Pres­i­dent by the Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion and it will be for­warded to Par­lia­ment for vet­ting and ap­proval.

If ap­proved, he will be for­mally ap­pointed and sworn in to suc­ceed re­tired Chief Jus­tice Willy Mu­tunga.

/JACK OWUOR

Jus­tice David Maraga takes a seat for his in­ter­view for the po­si­tion of Chief Jus­tice on Au­gust 31

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