Maraga to be sworn in today after MPs burn mid­night oil

The House had un­til mid­night to ap­prove the judge for the Chief Jus­tice po­si­tion. MPs had 14 days to ap­prove him after his name was for­warded to the Pres­i­dent

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - JAMES MBAKA @onchir­im­baka

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta will this morn­ing pre­side over the swear­ing in of Chief Jus­tice des­ig­nate David Maraga.

Na­tional Assembly ma­jor­ity leader Aden Duale yes­ter­day told the House the Pres­i­dent will also witness the swear­ing in the nine mem­bers of the IEBC se­lec­tion panel.

MPs last evening sat late, beyond the nor­mal 6.30pm, to adopt a re­port by the Jus­tice and Le­gal Af­fairs Com­mit­tee.

The House had un­til mid­night to ap­prove the CJ – 14 days after Maraga’s name was for­warded by the Pres­i­dent.

The Com­mit­tee which held a pub­lic hear­ing for Maraga’s suit­abil­ity, had rec­om­mended that the House ap­prove the 66-year-old judge. He be­comes the coun­try’s sec­ond Chief Jus­tice un­der the new Con­sti­tu­tion after Willy Mu­tunga who re­tired.

The Samuel Chep­konga-led com­mit­tee threw out three pe­ti­tions chal­leng­ing Maraga’s ap­point­ment, terming them base­less.

In the re­port, the com­mit­tee said Maraga had the req­ui­site qual­i­fi­ca­tions and vast ex­pe­ri­ence which qual­i­fies him for ap­point­ment to the po­si­tion of CJ. “The can­di­date ex­hib­ited im­pres­sive knowl­edge of top­i­cal is­sues, in­clud­ing demon­strat­ing un­der­stand­ing of ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment prin­ci­ples re­quired to ad­dress the chal­lenges fac­ing the ju­di­ciary,” the re­port reads in part.

The panel praised Maraga for ex­hibit­ing proper un­der­stand­ing of the doc­trine of sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers be­tween the three arms of govern­ment.

“Ac­cord­ing to the records and in­for­ma­tion availed to the com­mit­tee, Maraga has never been im­pli­cated in any is­sues that may lead to a con­clu­sion of lack of in­tegrity on his part,” the re­port says. The com­mit­tee said it threw out the pe­ti­tion and ob­jec­tion by Sam­son Nden­deru, be­cause it lacked merit as Maraga ob­tained stay or­ders on be­half of his client.

/HEZRON NJOROGE

Chief Jus­tice nom­i­nee Jus­tice David Maraga ap­pears be­fore the Na­tional Assembly Jus­tice and Le­gal Af­fairs Com­mit­tee last Thurs­day

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