CJ-Maraga keeps his word, skips Jamhuri celebrations

CJ-Maraga keeps his word, skips Jamhuri celebrations

The strained relationship between the Judiciary and other arms of government played out on Thursday after Chief Justice David Maraga and other senior judicial officers skipped the Jamhuri Day celebrations at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.

The seat reserved for the Chief Justice remained conspicuously vacant at the front row of the dais normally occupied by among others the President, his deputy, Speakers of the National Assembly and Senate, House Majority Leaders and the Chief of Defence Forces.

Also missing at the Jamhuri Day celebrations were all the judges of the Supreme Court including the Registrar, who would have perhaps represented the Judiciary at the State function.

Interestingly, however, when Deputy President William Ruto was beginning his speech, he mentioned Chief Justice David Maraga among the guests present. It still remains unclear whether or not the deputy president was aware of Maraga’s absence.

Maraga had, however, previously hinted that he would stop attending State functions due to what he described as mistreatment and disrespect by the Executive arm of government.

Netizens have since hailed Chief Justice David Maraga for skipping yesterday’s Jamhuri Day fete at Nyayo stadium describing him as a man of his word.

CJ Maraga on November 4 publicly said that he will choose which state functions to attend after accusing the Executive of belittling his office and the Judiciary.

Social media users took to their online platforms to praise CJ Maraga for walking the talk.

By Akivaga Sally