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Justice David Maraga Kenani is Now the New Chief Justice of Kenya

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Justice David Maraga Kenani is now the new nominated Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya.

The Judicial Service Commission has nominated Justice David Maraga Kenani for appointment as Chief Justice.

Justice David Maraga Kenani’s name will be forwarded to the President, Uhuru Kenyatta, for a formal appointment and forwarded to National Assembly for approval by MPs.

Maraga, 66, was named the top candidate after beating a list of 13 candidates who applied to be the Chief Justice, candidates included Supreme Court judges Jackton Boma Ojwang’ and Smokin Wanjala, outspoken law scholar Makau Mutua among others.

If approved, Maraga will take over from Justice Willy Mutunga who retired from office a few months ago. JSC received 14 applications for the vacancy of Chief Justice after advertising the position.

The applicants were: Justice Alnashir Visram, Lady Justice Roselyne N. Nambuye, Justice Mbogholi Msagha, Prof. Makau Mutua, Justice Smokin Wanjala, Mr. David Mwaure Waihiga, Justice David Maraga, Dr. Isaac Rutenberg, Rtd Justice Aaron Ringera, Mr. Philip Nzamba Kitonga, Ms. Lucy Wanja Julius, Justice Prof. Jackton Ojwang, Mr. Kongani Udoto Kongani Paul Andrew and Amb. Daniel Wambura.

Below is the list of Kenya’s Chief Justices since independence.

Independent Kenya Chief Justices          Period Served

Sir John Ainsley                                                 1963- 1968

Arthur Dennis Farrel                                       1968

Kitili Mwendwa                                                 1968 -1971

Sir James Wicks                                                 1971 – 1982

Sir Alfred Henry Simpson                              1982 – 1985

Chunilal Bhagwandas Madan                      1985 – 1986

Cecil Henry Ethelwood Miller                      1986 – 1989

Robin Allan Winston Hancox                       1989 – 1993

Fred Kwasi Apaloo                                           1993 – 1994

Abdul Majid Cockar                                         1994 – 1997

Zachaeus Richard Chesoni                            1997 – 1999

Bernard Chunga                                               1999 – 2003

Johnson Evans Gicheru                                 2003 – 2011

Willy Munyoki Mutunga                                2011 – 2016

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