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