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

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - PETER NG’ETICH @TheS­tarKenya

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.

/JACK OWUOR

Jus­tice Fa­tuma Sichale takes her seat for the JSC in­ter­view in the Supreme Court Build­ing yes­ter­day

/JACK OWUOR

Jus­tice Eras­tus Githinji takes his seat to be in­ter­viewed for Supreme Court judge yes­ter­day

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