Chief Justice David Maraga retired today after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70.
The outgoing Chief Justice handed over to Deputy Philomena Mwilu who takes over in acting
capacity as Chief Justice.
The outgoing Chief Justice was the country’s 14th Chief Justice taking over from Willy Mutuga
in October 2016.
Maraga thanked Kenyans and fellow judges for standing by him during his tenure.
“I want to thank the people of Kenya for your unwavering support for me and for your steadfast
support during difficult times as I served you,” he said,
“My deep sense of gratitude goes to all the judges, Magistrates, Kadhis and judicial officials
whose invaluable support enabled me to serve in my duties,” he added.
Speaking during the handing over ceremony at the Supreme Court, Maraga repeated that the
country must invest in the judiciary.
In 2019 he criticized the Government over alleged mistreatment and disrespect.
At the time, the CJ mentioned cuts in the judiciary budget and mistreatment and disrespectful
treatment of the Judiciary.
Maraga will be remembered more for quashing the election of President Kenyatta in 2017 due
irregularities in a petition that was filed by his challenger Raila Odinga.
By JN Wamanji