Former Chief Justice David Maraga, who has been quietly enjoying his retirement in Karen, has blasted President Uhuru Kenyatta for his refusal to nominate six judges.
The former CJ claimed on KTN News on Wednesday, June 9, that Uhuru’s decision was harming the judges’ careers and lives.
“You are literally ruining the careers of these judges and totally ruining their lives and that of their families. That is so serious that it cannot be done so casually as it has been done. That is extremely bad,” stated Maraga.
Joel Ngugi and George Odunga were among the six, having been members of a bench that deemed the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) null and void.
The fight between the judges, who were nominated during Maraga’s tenure, began two years ago when Uhuru failed to appoint them on the basis of honesty.
Maraga accused Uhuru of being to blame for the operational crisis that shook the courts at the time and impeded service delivery in a rant in June 2020.
“It is important to clearly and categorically state that this shortage of judges and the near paralysis of court operations has been caused by the President. The President has persisted in his refusal despite orders in two cases requiring him to swear in those judges within 14 days,” he said at the time.
His interview triggered massive response on social media, with some siding by the emeritus Maraga, while others castigated him for soiling the new Chief Justice’s name.