, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 31 – Former Chief Justice Abdul Majid Cockar has died at the age of 93 and was laid to rest on Monday afternoon at the Kariokor Cemetary.
According to the family, he died from age-related complications that resulted in illness from which he succumbed.
Among those who attended the burial ceremony was newly sworn-in Chief Justice David Maraga who described him as a beacon to those who joined the judiciary in his wake.
“Former colleagues in the Judiciary and the legal profession agree that Justice Cockar has left an indelible footprint in Kenya as a former public servant, lawyer, judge and family man. His 44 years in the legal profession will remain a beacon of motivation for many in the Bar and the Bench.
Justice Cockar will be remembered for his exemplary commitment and diligence to his work during his service in the Judiciary,” he said in his tribute.
His life and works in the courts have been immortalised in the book titled the Doings, Non-doings and Mis-doings of Kenyan Justices.
“The book is an authoritative and interesting personal account of much more than his life and the Judiciary. It gives rare glimpses into the dynamics of the administration of justice in post-independence Kenya,” Maraga said in his tribute.
The late Cockar served in the Kenyan Judiciary for 37 years, rising from Resident Magistrate in 1961 to Chief Justice in 1994. He served in this role up until 1997 when the late Zachaeus Richard Chesoni took over at the helm.
In between, he served as High Court Judge and a Judge of Appeal.
“The Judiciary will hold a special court session in honour of the late Chief Justice,” Maraga said.