Men should seek maintenance from women, says judge Githinji
Supreme Court judge candidate says he handled a case in Nakuru of a man who sought upkeep from a woman. He says most men do not come out to seek upkeep
Supreme Court judge candidate Erastus Githinji yesterday said men should seek maintenance from women.
The Court of Appeal judge said although men have not come out, the Constitution allows them to be maintained by women when a relationship is strained.
Responding to questions as he was interviewed by the Judicial Service Commission, Githinji said he once handled a case in Nakuru where a man sought upkeep.
“It is only that men have not come out to seek maintenance. That is why cases of women seeking upkeep are more pronounced,” he said.
Githinji, who joined the judiciary in 1975, said matters that touch on common mwananchi should be allowed at the Supreme Court as it sets precedents.
He said recusal is an important principle in judiciary, which should be embraced. Githinji said for parties to have confidence in a ruling or a judgment, judges should disqualify themselves whenever there is a conflict of interest.
“For parties to have more confidence in proceedings, magistrates and judges should recuse themselves before the beginning of a trial,” Githinji said.
He said for the judiciary to get it right, it needs a mix of old and young judges. Githinji said the young judges should learn from the old and deliver justice to Kenyans.
Earlier, lawyer David Waihiga said he has always been opposed to the many Cabinet positions in the county governments. He said although he is not opposed to devolution, many offices are draining taxpayers’ money.
Waihiga said he has been denied many state jobs because he is Agano party chairman. He said although he heads the party, he is independent and will greatly help the apex court to achieve its vision.
Justice Fatuma Sichale takes her seat for the JSC interview in the Supreme Court Building yesterday
Justice Erastus Githinji takes his seat to be interviewed for Supreme Court judge yesterday