Kenya swears-in New Chief Justice as Uhuru reiterates Call on Judiciary to Strengthen Fight Against Graft


Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta used the swearing-in ceremony of the country’s new chief Justice David Maraga to call for harmonious relationship between the organs of State.

Kenyatta said good relations between the Judiciary, the Executive and the Legislature is much needed for a prosperity of East Africa’s economic powerhouse.

“Chief Justice, the best way to go about this is to tell each other the truth. Because if we do not tell each other the truth, we are lying to each other,” Kenyatta at the State House ceremony in Nairobi.

He appealed to Justice Maraga to to clear the over 20,000 cases that have kept people in remand, saying justice delayed is justice denied.

Kenyatta also said “Now, the biggest thing in courts is injunction. Stop this, stop that. Now, when people don’t get a contract they run to courts to get an injunction and stop works. I wish you (Judiciary) would be fast in the dispensation of Justice,”

Kenyatta who yesterday castigated the judiciary for frustrating his effort in the fight against corruption urged the ex-appellant court judge to also work to settle the more than 600 corruption cases currently shelved in court.

“Bwana Chief Justice, why don’t you just concluded these cases and Kenyans will be happy,” said the President.

The new CJ promised to do his best in the fight against corruption to make the Judiciary a successful institution.

“Burden of delivery is high on me as Chief Justice, but I aim to succeed. When we allow institutions to thrive, they will do what is right,” Maraga said.
Meanwhile the inaugural assignment of Chief Justice Maraga will be to swear in the nine members of the panel that will recruit new commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) according to local media.

The IEBC Select Panel is made up of a nine-member committee including five nominees from religious organisations and four from the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC).

The nine-member committee comprises five nominees from religious organisations and four from the Parliamentary Service Commission reports Capital FM News