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Tense Succession Battle Rock Judiciary ahead of Maraga October Retirement
Chief Justice David Maraga at his rural home { photo courtesy}

There is rising tension and intense lobbying following Judicial Service Commission (JSC) plans to begin the process of recruiting Kenya’s next Chief Justice as David Maraga is soon retiring upon the attainment of 70 years.

The retirement of the current Chief Justice which is due on January 12th 2021 has triggered high stakes succession battle from top quarters eyeing 2022 elections.

However, a close confident to Maraga confidentially hinted to our correspondent that the Chief Justice is highly considering to take an early retirement this October 2020 just like his predecessor Dr Willy Mutunga who took an early exit to give the JSC sufficient time to recruit the next CJ.

A sitting Chief Justice is a key person of interest for any aspiring presidential candidate if the general election roles played by Maraga and his predecessor Willy Mutunga are anything to go by.

The Maraga succession is attracting a fiery intrigues between the powers that be as a new face may be expected since the Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu is facing legal challenges in the judiciary asking for her removal over alleged abuse of office in a case petitioned by the Director of Public Prosecution and the Director of Criminal Investigations.

With the rising political tensions every passing day, the 2022 general elections may turn out to be a fierce battle and the one man the nation will turn to in the event of a dispute is the Chief Justice.

The next Chief justice must be nonpartisan and unprejudiced ready to balance law and politics with contesting opponents as he/she is one person who can preserve or disrupt a nation’s political agenda.

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