Chief Justice David Maraga Biography, Profile
Chief Justice David Maraga full name is Hon. Justice David Kenani Maraga. He was born in 1951 in Bonyamatuta, Nyamira County.
On 22nd September, 2016, the Kenya Judicial Service Commission concluded its search for the 14th Chief Justice of Kenya and the President of the Supreme Court of Kenya and announced that Justice David Kenani Maraga had emerged the most qualified candidate. His name was submitted to President Uhuru Kenyatta for an appointment. Before that appointment, the president will forward the name to parliament for vetting and after Parliament’s approval, Justice Maraga will be formally appointed by the president as the Chief Justice.
As at 2016, Justice Maraga was 65 years old. This means he will serve for only one term because the retirement age is set at 70 years. It also means that another exercise to search for another Chief Justice will be held in the year 2021.
According to the Kenya Constitution, The Chief Justice has a tenure of Service of a two, Six years term.
Prior to being appointed as the 14th Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya and the second Chief Justice following the promulgation of the current constitution, he was the Presiding Court of Appeal Judge in Kisumu from October 2014 to July 2016 where he made 1,250 judgments thereby clearing case backlogs.
Chief Justice Maraga Education Background
Chief Justice Maraga graduated with a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Nairobi in 1977. He holds a Masters in Law from the University of Nairobi and has a post-graduate diploma from the Kenya School of Law in 1978.
Chief Justice David Maraga Job History
Chief Justice Maraga was tasked to head the tribunal that recommended the removal of Judge Joseph Mutava.
After the tribunal he headed finished the hearings and collated the full report, Justice Maraga on 21st September, 2016 presented the report to President Uhuru Kenyatta with the recommendation that Judge Mutava be removed from service for misconduct.
He had successfully undergone the Sharad Rao’s vetting board fending off accusations of tribalism and bribery seeking and was unanimously endorsed to continue to serve in 2012.
Chief Justice David Maraga is a staunch Seventh Day Adventist. He startled the JSC vetting board proceedings when he invoked God’s name loudly and went on to swear that he had never taken a bribe in his life and that he can never work on Saturday because he cannot compromise Church for work on that day since it is a day for worship and rest.