David Maraga Attends Swearing in Of the Six Judges, Here is What He had to Say
David Maraga Former Chief Justice was among the few invited guests who witnessed the swearing-in ceremony of the six judges which took place at state house today.
The six judges were appointed three years ago but former President Uhuru Kenyatta rejected them hence they were not sworn in.
Former Chief Justice had kept low profile since he retire and today marked his first public appearance since he left office. He congratulated the six judges noting that it is high time the judiciary get their independence.
The six judges who were sworn in are– Justices Korir Weldon, Muchelule Aggrey, George Odunga, Ngugi Joel, Makori Evans Kiago and Judith Omange. The event was presided over by His Excellency President William Ruto.
President Ruto had approved their appointment yesterday as part of fulfillment of one of His campaign promises he made.
Retired Chief Justice David Maraga had criticised former President Uhuru Kenyatta for not agreeing to swear in the six, adding that his legacy would be soiled by blatantly disregarding the Constitution.
Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga had also criticized the outgoing President for leaving out the six judges when he appointed the others terming the move as “below the dignity of that high office.”
In a letter to president Uhuru Kenyatta in 2021, the former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga asked the President to reconsider his decision, describing it as “presidential obduracy”.
Justice Muchelule took the oath first then followed by Justices Korir, Prof Ngugi Odunga, Makori and Omange in that order. Makori and Omange will serve as judges of the Environment and Lands Court.
President William Ruto Congratulated the new judges that were sworn in. You have my very best wishes as you engage in your mandate and responsibilities as you serve Kenyans.