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Justice Maraga is JSC’s pick for new Chief Justice

The Judicial Service Commission has settled on Justice David Maraga for the position of new Chief Justice.

Justice Maraga was among the 11 applicants who were interviewed by the commission out of 13 after two withdrew.

The nominee during his interview said he would name a senior judge as the Judiciary ombudsman and revive the programme for helping the poor with court cases if appointed the new Chief Justice.

Those interviewed were Justice Alnashir Visram, Justice Amraphael Msagha Mbogholi, Mr Nzamba Kitonga, Justice Roselyn Nambuye, Justice Smokin Wanjala, Justice (rtd) Aaron Ringera, Daniel Wambura, Justice Jackton Ojwang, Lucy Wanja Julius, Prof Makau Mutua and Justice David Maraga.

Those who withdrew from the interviews were law student Paul Udoto Kongani and David Mwaure Waihiga.

Justice Maraga’s nomination was made a day after the tribunal he heads recommended to President Uhuru Kenyatta the removal of Justice Joseph Mutava from office for misconduct.

He said three complaints against the judge had been proven and hence their decision to recommend that the Judge be removed.

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