Mwilu takes office as acting Chief Justice

Jan, 11th 2021 – The supreme court has today convened a session in honor of Chief Justice David Maraga ahead of his retirement on Tuesday. CJ Maraga has already handed over instruments of power to acting chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, who will hold the position until a new chief justice is installed.

In his speech outside the supreme court, Maraga urged the judiciary to stand firm and ensure that the country does not revolt into chaos considering the current political situation in the country. 

Maraga said, “We continue to give the judiciary support to uphold the rule of law in this country. Without the rule of law being held in this country, nobody will be safe and we will all be the loser. say no to impunity and maintain the rule of law.”

He also said, he has left behind a strong judiciary capable of serving the interest of all Kenyans. Earlier the Law Society of Kenya, President Nelson Havi tabled a motion at the supreme court, seeking to deem Maraga as retired beginning midnight tonight, when he is set to attain the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Havi said, “It is therefore my plea to the court that it is just and lawful that an order be made that honorable Mr. Justice David Maraga shall be deemed as having retired from the office of judge, chief Justice and President of the supreme court of Kenya at midnight 11th January 2021 upon attaining the age of 70 years. the motion is predicated upon the provisions of law set out. It is my humble request that this motion be allowed.”

A 5-judge bench of the supreme court led by the acting CJ Philomena Mwilu granted the motion by Havi. Mwilu  becomes the first woman in Kenya to hold the chief justice position although in an acting capacity.

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