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President announces swearing in of new CJ before House approves appointment

The president's declaration came more than six hours before the National Assembly unanimously voted to have Justice David Maraga appointed Chief Justice after a two and half hour debate.

By Phillip MuleeTuesday, 18 Oct 2016 20:47 EAT

President Uhuru Kenyatta today announced that Court of Appeal Justice David Maraga would be sworn in on Wednesday as Chief Justice, more than six hours before National Assembly unanimously voted to approve his appointment.

The president's declaration at a State House parley on anti-corruption war puts to question the independence of Parliament. This was before National Assembly unanimously voted to have Justice David Maraga appointed Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya in the evening after a two and half hour debate.

Justice Maraga, after taking oath of office tomorrow, will become CJ, President of the Supreme Court and Chairman of the Judicial Service Commission. He will succeed Justice Dr Willy Mutunga who has since retired.

Speaker Justin Muturi is expected to forward the judge's name to the President before the swearing in ceremony tomorrow at State House. Justice Maraga's first assignment after taking oath of office would be to swear in a nine-member team to recruit new Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners.

The nine include the four appointed by political parties: Evans Monari, Mary Karen Kigen-Sorobit (Jubilee), Rtd Justice Tom Mbaluto and Ogla Chepkemoi Karani (CORD). The others, representing religious groups, are Bernadette Musundi, Peter Karanja, Abdulghafur El-Busaidy, David Oginde and Rajesh Rawal.

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