Supreme Court mem­bers un­packed

The high­est court in the land nul­li­fied the Au­gust 8 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and called for fresh polls in 60 days.

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics | General -

CHIEF JUS­TICE DAVID MARAGA

Hum­ble in de­meanour, prin­ci­pled, a man of im­pec­ca­ble in­tegrity, re­spect­ful and God-fear­ing is what many de­scribe him as.

Jus­tice Maraga, who is an Ad­ven­tist and un­apolo­get­i­cally puts God first in every sit­u­a­tion, is also known for hav­ing zero tol­er­ance for lazi­ness.

Upon his ap­point­ment, he toured sev­eral courts and when he found the staff had not re­ported to work on time, he took an is­sue with that.

He gave di­rec­tives that judges and mag­is­trates should not keep lit­i­gants wait­ing but con­duct their court ses­sion on time.

He dared to tell the Ju­di­cial Service Com­mis­sion his Sab­bath Day set aside for wor­ship of God comes be­fore his job. Dur­ing in­ter­view for the CJ job he said he will not sit on Satur­days but will en­sure jus­tice is not de­layed even if it meant sit­ting at night.

Prior to his ap­point­ment he was the pre­sid­ing judge of the Court of Ap­peal at Kisumu. He pre­vi­ously served as a Judge of the Court of Ap­peal, Pre­sid­ing Judge of the Fam­ily Di­vi­sion of the High Court of Kenya at Nairobi and Res­i­dent Judge at the High Court of Kenya at Nakuru.

Be­fore join­ing the Ju­di­ciary, he was a lawyer for 25 years spe­cial­is­ing in con­veyanc­ing, civil and crim­i­nal lit­i­ga­tion. Maraga holds a Mas­ter of Laws De­gree from the University of Nairobi; a Bach­e­lor of Laws De­gree from the same University and a Di­ploma in Le­gal Prac­tice from the Kenya School of Law.

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