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Appellate Judge David Maraga faces panel for CJ’s job

In 2012, Maraga faced allegations about lack of integrity when the Law Society of Kenya accused him of bribery, dishonesty and being swayed by ethnicity in his judicial functions/KEVIN GITAU

In 2012, Maraga faced allegations about lack of integrity when the Law Society of Kenya accused him of bribery, dishonesty and being swayed by ethnicity in his judicial functions/KEVIN GITAU

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 31 – Court of Appeal Judge David Maraga went before the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) panel Wednesday morning as interviews for the post of Chief Justice entered day three.

In 2012, Maraga faced allegations about lack of integrity when the Law Society of Kenya accused him of bribery, dishonesty and being swayed by ethnicity in his judicial functions.

Maraga appeared before the Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board, Chaired by Sharad Rao when LSK presented allegations from the Rift Valley Branch where members accused him of cutting deals with an unnamed Nakuru politician for favourable judgments.

He however denied the allegations and swore that he had never taken a bribe in his career spanning more than 25 years.

He was cleared of any wrongdoing.

On Tuesday, Justice Mbogholi Msagha was required to explain some of the decisions he took in previous rulings and asked to highlight his reform agenda which was mainly centered on building confidence in the Judiciary if appointed Chief Justice.

The judge stated that such confidence can only be attained through constant interactions through meetings by a Chief Justice as well as formulating proper policies.

Constitutional expert Nzamba Kitonga and the only non-judge among the shortlisted candidates will face the panel on Thursday.

Lady Justice Roselyn Nambuye and Justice Smokin Wanjala will wrap up the interviews on Friday and Saturday respectively.

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